Wednesday, March 18, 2009

HC says no to religious events, mikes in parks

HC says no to religious events, mikes in parks
Bangalore, DH News Service:
The High Court has granted injunction against the use of loudspeakers and conducting religious programmes in parks and open places in the City.

Former Commissioner of Police and MP P Kodandaramaiah, in his petition had alleged that certain persons were conducting religious activities at Mini Forests park at J P Nagar, Bhashyam Circle and other places on July 16, 2008 with BBMP’s permission.

Kodandaramaiah alleged that they were trying to spread communal.

The petitioner said the religious activities in the park have driven off the birds nested there and also barred children and residents visiting the place. He also suspected a plot to occupy park and open spaces, behind such activities.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice P D Dinakaran and Justice V G Sabhahit granted injunction against the use of loudspeakers, and ordered notice to the State government, BBMP and Bescom as well.

Sign boards

The HC has ordered the BBMP Commissioner, to appear before the Court in connection with the Palike’s order to erect ‘gantry’ sign boards. Hearing a petition by Greenline, an outdoor ad agency, Justice Ram Mohan Reddy said, “Neither the acts nor bye-laws provide for installation of gantry across the street, and it is not known who floated this project.”


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