Mumbai: Suspense continued today over the
venue of Anna Hazare`s proposed 3-day fast from December 27
with NGO Jagruk Nagrik Manch filing a writ petition in the
Bombay High Court seeking direction to the state government to
allot a place for the protest.
The petition is likely to come up for hearing
"Maharashtra government is not giving us a place to
protest peacefully so we had to file this petition with the
Bombay High Court," Himanshu Shah, who looks after legal
matters of India Against Corruption, spearheading Hazare`s
anti-graft protests here, told PTI.
Jagruk Nagrik Manch is an affiliate of IAC.
"When we wanted Azad maidan, we were told that we
cannot sit there beyond 6 pm, and when we wanted MMRDA grounds
we were asked to pay up in lakhs. We don`t have that kind of
money as we are a non profit making organization," he said,
adding "This seems to be an attempt by the Delhi to ensure
that we don`t protest."
Maintaining that Rs 3.5 lakh per day rent for MMRDA
ground for Anna Hazare`s fast was too steep, Team Anna had
sought state government`s intervention for lowering it.
IAC, which got the permission to rent the MMRDA ground
here to host the next leg of Anna Hazare?s anti-corruption
campaign, had on Tuesday written to chief minister Prithviraj
Chavan, requesting for waiver or reduction of rent. However,
the government`s response is still awaited.
Earlier in the day, key Hazare aide Arvind Kejriwal
had told a press conference in Ghaziabad that the anti-graft
crusader will fast at Azad Maidan.