The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre and the Archaeological Survey of India asking them to explain how the ‘monument of love’ - Taj Mahal - was used by Microsoft for launching its new software Windows Vista in violation of its orders.
Taking exception to photographs published in newspapers about the music programme held at Taj on January 30, 2007 to mark the launch of Microsoft’s Windows Vista, a bench headed by Justice SB Sinha asked the Centre and ASI to file their response within by next Monday.
Advocate Vijay Panjwani had drawn the court’s attention to a picture published in the Hindustan Times showing a group of dancers performing at Taj at the launch of the new computer operating system on January 30, 2007.
Punjwani said the event violated the court's March 1998 order banning such performances within 500 meters of the boundary wall of the monument.
Such activities are also prohibited by the Ancient Monuments Act which restricts any such performances within 300 meters from such nationally protected monuments.
The court asked the government to give details of the Microsoft event and the permission granted by government agencies to the company.