Shiv Sena can hold its annual Dusshera rally at Shivaji Park,Bombay High Court ruled on Monday,five days after BMC denied permission for the event.
The nod,however,is conditional. Sena has been directed to comply with noise regulations and use distributive sound systems to minimise pollution. It will also have to ensure the ground is not damaged in any way and restored to its original condition after the rally.
Last year too HC had allowed the rally in the silence zone.
Sena may,however,have to shift the event next year as HC asked the party to consider applying for other venues such as the MMRDA ground in Bandra-Kurla complex.
Sena has been holding the Dusshera rally at Shivaji Park for more than 40 years. The event is a show of strength and also provides party leaders platform to make official position clear on various current issues.
Shivaji Park in Dadar was declared a silence zone in 2010 in response to a PIL by NGO Wecom Trust. But BMC relaxes noise regulations on select days every year.
Political rallies at Shivaji Park became a contentious issue after HC denied permission in April to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) to hold a Marathi food festival at the ground.
At a press conference after the HC order,MNS chief Raj Thackeray is said to have termed the order partisan. A petition seeking contempt proceedings against Thackeray is pending in court.