Sena violated rules during Dasara rally, HC informed

Last Updated 28 October 2013, 22:30 IST

A three-member committee on Monday told the Bombay High Court that the Shiv Sena had violated noise pollution rules and damaged cricket pitches at the Shivaji Park during its annual Dasara rally.

The high court on October 9, while granting permission to the political party to hold the rally, had directed a committee to be formed to monitor the event and keep a check on any violations of rules and conditions.

The committee, comprising Deputy Commissioner of police (Zone V), Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Zone II) and a representative of an NGO called Wecom Trust, was directed to monitor decibel levels at the Shivaji Park two hours prior to the rally, during the rally and two hours after the rally.

In its report submitted on Monday before a division bench comprising Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha, the committee said that the party had violated noise pollution rules and that the noise levels were above the permitted decibel level during the rally.

The report added that the Shiv Sena had not used distributed sound systems around the ground as directed by the high court and that a case had been registered by the local police for violation of the rules.

According to the report, the political party had put up ropes to restrict people from entering the cricket pitches. However, the crowd sat on the pitches leading to its damage. Further, the pitches were not restored to its original condition by the organiser of the rally, the report said.

The high court on Saturday directed for a copy of the report to be submitted to the political party and adjourned the hearing on the matter for after Deepavali vacation.
The party was granted permission to hold the rally after the court observed that it “was not a political rally, but a socio-cultural function.”

Last year, however, the same bench had passed an order directing the Shiv Sena to look for an alternative ground in the future since the Shivaji Park falls under a silence-zone area.

For any function or rally to be held at the Shivaji Park, the concerned party has to approach the Bombay High Court for permission.

(Published 28 October 2013, 22:30 IST)

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