HC permits function to felicitate Gadkari at KP

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 May 2017 09:39:55

Staff Reporter,

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has permitted District Collector to process the application seeking permission to organise felicitation function of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, at Kasturchand Park (KP) on May 27.

The bench headed by Justice Bhushan Gavai, while allowing application moved by Collector seeking permission to process the application, made it clear that no damage should be done to the heritage site and ground should be restored after the function. The HC also stated that this permission should be counted as one which can be granted under the MRTP Act under which for 12 days in a year such a permission to use ground for other activities can be granted.

Gadkari Felicitation Committee has sought this venue since many top functionaries with Z-plus security cover and a large gathering is expected to attend the function organised to felicitate Gadkari on his 60th birthday on May 27. Traditionally, such functions have been organised at Kasturchand Park. But, following a suo motu PIL based on ‘The Hitavada’ report about plight of historical ground and its crass commercial exploitation, the High Court has banned any function barring Maharashtra Day, I-Day, and Republic Day. This had put the organisers and the administration in a fix as no other suitable venue was available after which the application was moved to seek permission of the HC.

Amicus Curiae Shreerang Bhandarkar demanded that no damage should be caused to the ground or the heritage site at KP. The HC also directed the administration to put all conditions while granting permission. Government Pleader Bharti Dangre appeared for the administration.