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Delhi HC bans marriages in public parks

The Delhi High Court on Friday banned all public functions, including marriages, at public parks, streets or public roads.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 16:28 IST

The Delhi High Court on Friday banned all public functions, including marriages, at public parks, streets or public roads henceforth.

The Court warned that it would take serious steps if the authorities failed to prevent the unbridled use of loudspeakers or other public address systems at these places.

The Court also threatened to dissolve the Delhi MCD if it does not put an end to the marriages being illegally conducted in the capital's farmhouses.

It has granted two weeks' time to the MCD to file a reply to the complaint that marriages continued to be conducted at farmhouses despite its earlier orders.

A Division Bench comprising Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Rekha Sharma, dealing with the PIL filed by a voluntary organisation 'Brashtachar Virodhi Sangathan', told the MCD that it would invoke Section 490 of the Delhi Municipal Act to dissolve the body by issuing a direction to the Union government if the marriages were not stopped.

The Bench also sought a reply from the Corporation on the contempt notice issued by the Court against a commissioner for the continuing violation of its orders.

"Enough is enough. You tell your bosses that we will not take it anymore. And you know the consequences of invoking Section 490," the Bench observed.

Under Section 490 of the Delhi Municipal Act, the elected body of the MCD can be dissolved by the Union government if the corporation fails to act in accordance with the provisions of the legislation. Once dissolved, the centre can appoint a special officer to oversee the Corporation's functioning.

First Published: Jan 13, 2006 14:19 IST