The Bombay High Court on Friday declined to interfere with a state government notification,imposing a ban on vehicles in the immediate vicinity of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Fort.
The notification,issued after the 26/11 terror attacks in the city,puts a complete prohibition on any vehicular activity in the area beginning from the junction at Mumbai Samachar Marg to the junction of Nagindas Master Road.
In an earlier hearing of the case on February 17,the BSE had told the court that there is a continuing threat perception in the area immediately surrounding the building. Rafiq Dada,senior lawyer for the BSE had referred to the 1993 blasts at the building and noted that the bomb had been placed in a car.
The dispute was brought up in a petition filed by a businessman named Pukhraj Bafna,who owns a premises in the area in which parking is prohibited. Challenging the notification,Bafna said he is a senior citizen who has been working in the area for several years.
His lawyers Sanjay Jain and Ashish Mehta also claimed that the BSE security officials allow some cars to enter at places,which were equally close to the building,and called their action discriminatory.
The lawyers also questioned how security guards can implement the restriction,rather than the state police.
While disposing of the petition,the court allowed Bafna to bring his cars inside the area,but has rejected his plea to park his vehicles inside his building compound.