The Bombay High Court on Thursday refused to grant permission to the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) to hold a Marathi food festival at Shivaji Park in Dadar. The May 3-10 event was planned as part of the Maharashtra Day celebrations.
Ruling against the partys application,the court noted that the ground would not be available for sports facilities if such a permission is granted. The MNS had moved the court against a BMC order not allowing them to organise the event,on the grounds that the area is a silence zone. The area around the park was declared a silence zone in response to a public interest litigation by NGO Wecom Trust.
The MNS plea was filed by party Dadar division president Sandip Deshpande.
During the hearing,the lawyer for the NGO contended that granting such permission would open the floodgates for similar applications from other parties. He also raised a question as to how food can be allowed to be cooked in the area if food is not permitted inside the ground.
The BMC also argued that such an event would create a nuisance to residents and cause damage to the ground.
The MNS had,in January,moved the court to hold an election rally at the park ahead of the civic elections. The court had rejected the demand,noting that it gave permission to a party it would have to take the same position with respect to all parties.