The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted the Indian army permission to organise a celebratory and informative function at Shivaji Park,Dadar,in December. The ground was declared a silence zone in 2010.
The army plans to hold a Know Your Army Mela from December 15-16,with the twin objectives of celebrating Vijay Diwas and also enhancing awareness about the Indian Army. Vijay Diwas is celebrated in memory of Indias military victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war.
In a May 2010 order,a Division Bench of Justices F I Rebello and A A Sayed had directed the conversion of the Shivaji Park area into a silence zone,with some relaxations on special days. After the order,several organisations and political parties have approached the High Court seeking permission to hold various events there.
The plea in this case was filed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The civic body said the army had applied to the Assistant Municipal Commissioner of the G-North ward. The BMC said it was not possible to grant permission owing to the May 2010 order,because of which they approached the HC seeking permission for this specific event. The civic body sought the courts nod for six days,from December 12-17. Preparation is planned to be done on a large scale for the event, the plea stated.
A bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice N M Jamdar has granted permission with a condition that the organisers should restore the ground to its original condition within a week.