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Bombay HC’s notice to aviation ministry over Amit Shah’s meeting at Goa airport

The Goa bench of the Bombay High Court gave the civil aviation ministry and four others three weeks to explain why BJP Amit Shah was allowed to hold a meeting at a prohibited place at the Goa airport on July 1.

india Updated: Jul 10, 2017 16:15 IST
Nida Khan
Nida Khan
Hindustan Times, Panaji
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Amit Shah at the Dabolim airport in Goa .(PTI)

The Goa bench of Bombay High Court on Monday issued notices to the civil aviation ministry and the Goa chief secretary and three others in connection with the political meeting addressed by BJP national president Amit Shah at the Dabolim international airport on July 1.

These notices were issued after a city lawyer filed a petition in the high court on July 8 alleging that the political meeting which was attended by 2500 people was illegally held in a prohibited area and violated several laws.

These notices were issued by Justices FM Reis and Nutan Sardessai.

Speaking to the media after notices were issued in the case, petitioner Aires Rodrigues said, “Notices have also been issued to Goa director general of police, Goa airport director and deputy commandant of the CISF asking them about how the meeting was conducted, at the airport.”

The petition seeks a thorough probe into the manner in which the meeting was allowed at the airport which functions out of an Indian Naval Base INS Hansa. The High Court gave the respondents three weeks to explain.

When the petition was filed, BJP state president Vinay Tendulkar had said that the meeting was an unannounced one.

“We didn’t organize any meeting. People came as per their wish to meet Amit Shah,” he had said.

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 16:15 IST