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Bombay HC allows Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena to hold Dussehra rally at Shivaji ParkSEXI News

File photo of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.  (Image: PTI)

File photo of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. (Image: PTI)

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had earlier denied permission for the rally citing law and order concerns.

The Bombay High Court on Friday allowed the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena to hold a Dussehra rally at the Shivaji Park ground in Mumbai. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had earlier denied permission to both the Uddhav Thackeray faction and the rival faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde for the rally citing law and order concerns.

A division bench of Justices RD Dhanuka and Kamal Khata challenged the Mumbai civic body’s order refusing to allow the petition filed by the Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction and its secretary Anil Desai.

The Bombay High Court observed that the Mumbai civic body had misused its powers in deciding the application of the petitioners. “In our view, the BMC order rejecting the application citing law and order is a clear abuse of the process of law. It is not the matter of the corporation that there was law and order situation in the last seven decades.”

The High Court allowed the Thackeray-led party to use the ground from October 2 to October 6, while asking it to maintain law and order.

Opposing the plea of ​​Thackeray faction to organize the rally, the court rejected the intervention application of MLA Sada Sarvankar. He had argued that the court should not decide the matter as the dispute over who represented the original army was pending before the Supreme Court.

Soon after the High Court order, Maharashtra Education Minister and Shinde camp spokesperson Deepak Kesarkar told News18, that it was not a setback as “whatever the court decides is binding on all.”

“We will keep it somewhere else,” he said, urging people from across Maharashtra to attend the annual Dussehra rally.

Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi welcomed the high court’s decision and said she was “grateful to the high court for upholding the truth”.

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