Remove fire station from PDP, BMC...
A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Rajesh Ketkar on Monday said, “BMC is taking undue advantage of our modesty, but you cannot play with the court like this. I will hear you (BMC) only after you put back the fire engine from where it was brought.”
The court asked the civic body to comply with an order passed on June 19, directing maintenance of status quo by the corporation in regards to stationing of a fire engine inside the park.
During the hearing, the court warned of imprisoning officials of the corporation for disobeying orders and committing contempt. “How dare they disrespect our order, wisdom should prevail on your officers. The corporation has taken undue advantage and we are very unhappy,” it said.
As per records, in 2006, the Malabar Hill Citizens’ Forum (MHCF) filed a public interest litigation challenging the decision of the corporation to post a fire engine in the park. It was on June 5 this year that the petition came to be dismissed for default (nonavailability of petitioners advocate). On June 14, the corporation posted the fire engine inside the park. The resident moved a plea for restoration of the PIL, and by an order of June 19, direction for maintaining status quo was given. The civic body has not challenged this order, but moved an application for modification, which is still pending hearing.
The bench said, “Until, corporation complies with previous order, we will not hear the petition on merits.” A High Court-appointed committee also submitted a report stating the fire engine had taken up part of the jogging and walking track at the park.