Vacation judge Justice V L Achliya was hearing a petition by the organizer challenging the November 5 order of the collector (suburbs) granting permission but imposing conditions like not allowing any celebrity on the stage and not erecting temporary fences.
On October 23, the high court had directed the collector take a decision on the Front’s application. It had dismissed a plea of another cultural organization, Mann Ranglo, to allow it to assist the devotees to perform the puja. The Front’s petition said it is the discretion of the petitioner to invite any personality and the collector cannot dictate terms.
“Why do you want to call celebrities?” asked Justice Achliya. The Front’s advocates Anirudh Garge and Kashyap Bhalerao submitted that it is organising the event for 18 years and has only invited former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar. “She is not a celebrity,” said Garge.
However the judge, noting that the Chath Puja will be held on November 17-18, asked the petitioners to approach the regular court with its plea. The hearing is scheduled for November 16.