Trouble seems to be brewing for the Maharashtra State Congress spokesperson and former MP Sanjay Nirupam for conducting the Chhath Puja on Juhu beach on October 28 and 29 for allegedly violating the guidelines laid down the Bombay High Court orders for the same.
The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the Save Juhu Beach Committee to initiate contempt proceeding against Nirupam after it was brought to the court's notice that he had not followed the guidelines laid down by the earlier HC order.
Earlier, the HC had directed that there would be no political parties' involvement in the Chhath Puja, and especially no parties are to erect platform. The court had also restrained the organisations performing puja from putting up publicity material like banners or posters. The court has also restricted the use of mikes, loudspeakers and amplifiers during the puja.
Save Juhu Beach Committee had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) for the beautification of the beach following which the court had restrained the use of beach for entertainment and commercial purpose.
Committee's lawyer Shiraz Rustomji told the court that the puja is basically supposed to be a family function, however, politicians to gain political mileage use it.
During the puja, banners and posters were put up along with erecting a stage. Besides, the loudspeakers were also used on the beach, said Rustomji.
Saying that there was no violation of HC order while performing the puja, Nirupam told HT, "I have not violated HC guidelines but I will obey whatever the court says. The stage was not created on the beach that too after acquiring permission from the BMC and the Juhu police station." Emphasising that no political banners or posters were used near the stage, Nirupam said that they had only displayed pictures of certain people who were invited as guests.
"Performing puja is my religious freedom as provided by the Constitution of India. If the court finds anything with the way the puja was performed, I will follow the court orders," added Nirupam.