State panel to decide on protests near Mantralaya
The state government has formed a committee to formulate a policy on where demonstrations headed towards Mantralaya can terminate.
Government pleader D Nalavade informed the Bombay high court on Thursday that the government has appointed the committee, which will be headed by the additional chief secretary and will have the commissioner of police and municipal commissioner as members.
The court has asked the government to inform by January 24 when would the policy be ready. A division bench of justice DK Deshmukh and justice KK Tated was hearing a public interest litigation filed Nariman Point Churchgate Residents’ Association in 1995 objecting to demonstrations up to the Mantralaya.
During an earlier hearing, the court had suggested that the chief minister or home minister should hear representations on the issue of terminating protests at Azad Maidan.
On December 8, 1997, the high court had in its interim order directed that all demonstrations have to end at Azad Maidan near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.