Re­move fire sta­tion from PDP, BMC...

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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.

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