The Bombay excessive court docket (HC) has directed the state authorities to listen to a plea by the representatives of the Bombay Parsi Panchayat (BPP) who sought permission to carry a prayer assembly for its members on the Dongarwadi Tower of Silence at Kemps Nook.
After the state submitted that it may solely permit one such prayer assembly throughout Maharashtra for all the group, the court docket directed the panchayat to contemplate the identical, and meet Amitabh Gupta, principal secretary house (particular) and Kishor Raje Nimbalkar, secretary, catastrophe administration division at Mantralaya on Monday night. The court docket additionally directed the state to submit the choice of the 2 officers by Wednesday.
A division bench of justice RD Dhanuka and justice Madhav Jamdar whereas listening to the petition filed by Viraf Mehta, a trustee of BPP was knowledgeable by advocate Prakash Shah that the panchayat representing its Mumbai members had approached the court docket searching for permission to carry particular prayers for the departed souls on the Dongerwadi Tower of Silence at Kemps Nook.
Shah submitted that the premise was unfold over 55 acres and has 5 separate pavilions the place members of the group needed to return and pray for the souls of their departed family members on Farvardin Roj on September 3. Shah submitted that the panchayat would make sure that all social distancing norms could be adopted, therefore the state must be directed to grant permission for permitting the round 500 members of the group to conduct prayers between 7.30am and 4.30pm on the day.
Nonetheless, advocate common Ashutosh Kumbhakoni objected to the petition and stated that if the petition was solely meant for one Tower of Silence then the state was against it. He, nevertheless, added that if the petition was consultant of all Towers of Silence throughout Maharashtra, the state was prepared to contemplate the appliance in the identical means because it had thought-about the purposes of the Jain and Muslim group for Paryushan and Moharram respectively.
Although Shah submitted that the BPP was solely searching for permission for Doongerwadi at Kemps Nook, the court docket directed the officers at Mantralaya to present the representatives of BPP a listening to on Monday night and submit its report back to the court docket on Wednesday when the petition could be determined.