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HC rejects MNS plea to hold political rallies in Shivaji Park

Bombay High Court on Friday refused to grant permission to the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) that had approached the court seeking permission to conduct an election rally at the public ground.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: February 4, 2012 3:24:33 am

Observing that allowing political rallies at Shivaji Park days ahead of the civic elections would set a bad precedent,the Bombay High Court on Friday refused to grant permission to the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) that had approached the court seeking permission to conduct an election rally at the public ground.

The MNS leader Sandip Deshpande had moved court after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) turned down the party’s application for the use of loudspeakers at the rally,it wanted to hold on February 13.

A division Bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Roshan Dalvi,however,stated,“If permission is granted in one case then we would not be in a position to deny permission if any other political party approaches the court.”

Emphasising on the adherence of noise pollution control norms,the court also said it cannot allow the rally to be conducted at the ground,a designated silence zone.

Political parties shout slogans and use loud-speakers,which are banned under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules in a silence zone,additional government pleader P G Lad said.

The BMC contended that the permission granted to the Shiv Sena to hold its annual dussehra rally at Shivaji Park was because it was a cultural and religious event.

The corporation,however,said permission cannot be granted to political parties to hold their rallies when civic elections are scheduled to be held on February 16.

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