NEW DELHI: The Bombay high court on Friday quashed the municipal council’s order and allowed Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena
to hold Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in Mumbai on October 5.
The high court observed that Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) misused its powers in deciding the application of petitioners.
The Uddhav-led Sena had moved Bombay high court urging direction to the BMC to grant permission for its annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park.
Earlier this week, the BMC had denied a nod for the Dussehra rally as a similar application had been filed by MLA Sada Sarvankar of the rival Sena faction led by Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde. It also cited a police report which said that allowing a rally would lead to a law and order situation.
Sarvankar’s application said he wanted to place on record certain facts and documents which had been deliberately and wilfully suppressed by the petitioner (Shiv Sena) in order to surreptitiously obtain orders from the high court.
The police had submitted a report to the BMC citing that an incident of firing had taken place on the premises of the Dadar police station on Ganpati visarjan day and there was tension in the area and if in these conditions, either faction is allowed to hold the Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park, then a serious law and order situation can arise.
Uddhav had asked all office-bearers of his party to get to work and ensure that Shiv Sainiks turn up in large numbers for the rally.