SC rejects MNS petition for rally

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena to hold a rally at Shivaji Park.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:February 10, 2012 12:40 am

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) to hold a rally at Shivaji Park.

The party moved the apex court after the Bombay High Court denied them permission stating the ground had been declared as silence zone. The MNS argued that since the Shiv Sena was allowed to organise its annual rally at the ground last year,they should also be granted permission. The High Court,however,turned down its request.

MNS leaders on Thursday filed a petition in the Supreme Court (SC) appealing against the HC order. “Our petition has been turned down. Raj Thackeray will take a decision regarding the rally on Friday after returning to the city,” said Shirish Sawant,party general secretary. The party wanted to hold its concluding rally at the ground on February 13.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray had threatened to hold the rally on city roads if they were denied permission to hold it at Shivaji Park.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said though they respect the court order,leaders need grounds or places to campaign for their candidates.

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