Silence zone: High Court allows school to conduct centenary celebrations

The Bombay High Court in an interim order on Wednesday allowed Raje Shivaji School in Dadar to hold its centenary celebrations on its assembly grounds on March 13.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: February 23, 2012 5:00 am

The Bombay High Court in an interim order on Wednesday allowed Raje Shivaji School in Dadar to hold its centenary celebrations on its assembly grounds on March 13.

President Pratibha Patil is said to have been invited for the event. While giving the school permission to hold the function,the Bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Ranjit More directed that the school ensures that noise regulations are complied with.

The school had approached the court challenging an order of senior police inspector of Matunga police station,Suresh Parab,which disallowed it from holding any functions on its grounds,on the grounds that the area,Hindu Colony,is a silence zone. The school contended that although an area may be declared as silence zone,the premises of the school itself cannot be said to be a silence zone.

The Matunga police had passed the order on February 19 last year.

The petitioners,Indian Education Society,said the school is unable to hold its daily assemblies and sports functions on account of the order. The society administers a total of 65 schools in Maharashtra. The judges have asked the state government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to reply within three weeks on what measures it wants the school to take to abide by noise regulations.

Earlier,another school,Balmohan Vidya Mandir in Dadar,had approached the court seeking permission to hold its founder’s day function at Shivaji Park,which was declared a silent zone in May 2010. The court had granted the permission last month.

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