The Bombay High Court on Wednesday set aside the Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporations (KDMC) permission to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to use a public ground in Dombivali for Dahi Handi celebration. The court has asked the KDMC to consider afresh the permission granted for the use of the ground.
Shiv Sena corporator Ashutosh Yeole had taken exception to the KDMCs decision when it had earlier turned down his application for using the ground. Yeole claimed that he had first approached the civic body for permission to use the Kanoji Jedhe ground at a concessional rate.
However,he alleged that MP Anand Parajape,a rebel elected on a Shiv Sena ticket but now supporting NCP,had used his clout to obtain the KDMCs permission.
The court was told that permission was denied to both the parties earlier. However,on August 5,the KDMC granted permission to NCP to hold a Dahi Handi celebration on the ground allegedly after the MP wrote a letter to the commissioner. Questioning the KDMCs criterion to grant permission,the court retorted,Is it on a first-come-first-serve basis or depending on how influential the person is?
While setting aside the permission,the court noted that it appears to have been an arbitrary decision. The court said a decision should be taken for peaceful conduct of the religious festival after taking into consideration the law and order situation.
Earlier,attempting to settle the matter,the court had remarked that policitical parties should not create animosity during festivals as the idea is that of participation by everyone.
The court had also told the KDMC that since it had passed its contentious order granting permission to the NCP to use the ground,it was its duty to ensure that the festivities are carried out peacefully.