Bombay High Court has ordered civil authorities as well as police to settle all proceedings regarding Vijay Tarun Mandal from Kalyan who is not allowed to celebrate Ganpati festival due to objectionable theme and presentation Audio video protest current government day.
This happened after the authorized person agreed to delete certain parts of the recording as well as modify the visual clip, which authorities said was objectionable.
Mandal approached the court against police officials as well as the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation. Ganpati Mandals in festivals have given decorative themes to convey a message. This Kalyan-specific mandal took on a theme inspired by the recent political crisis in Maharashtra.
The thread deals with the issue of more than 40 MLAs led by Eknath Shinde separating Shiv Sena. The decorations show the Shiv Sena as a perennial that won’t be bothered when its fruit is stolen or its branches are cut.
On Tuesday night, Kalyan police invoked complaints against the subject and seized decorative materials and directed Mandal to change it. Mandal challenged the police action in Bombay High Court while stating that no one should have any objection, as it did not identify any political party or leader in the display.
While Bombay High Court was on vacation, the benches of Judges Revati Mohite Dere and MJ Jamdar heard Mandal’s lawsuit in the room. Additional Police Commissioner, Eastern District, Kalyan, Deputy Commissioner of Police Area-3, Kalyan as well as senior police inspector, Mahatma Phule Chowk Police Department were also present at the hearing after they are summoned.
The deputy police commissioner, who was present in the room, announced that the appropriate rights regarding loudspeakers and traffic NOCs, would be granted on Fridays for the duration of the day, before 6 p.m.
The police commissioner additionally assured the court to notify the relevant authorities of the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation of the order that the court had passed, to ensure compliance.
The court during the hearing was given a modified copy of the audio script and video clip and authorities said that was acceptable to them.
The court will hear this case further on September 5 for compliance.
— END —