Published On : Sat, Sep 29th, 2012

No DJs – Court to Ganesh Mandals

Nagpur News : In a setback to hundreds to Ganesh Mandals in the city planning to use DJ during the  immersion procession on Saturday will be left sour faced as the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday refused to grant permission for it.  A division bench comprising of justices Pratap Hardas and Ashok Bangale refused to grant interim relief tot he petitioner Pankaj Devidas Dahikar of Ganesh Utsav Mandal, Khatikpura Timki. The petitioner had challenged a circular by Nagpur commissioner of police who had banned DJ during Ganesh idol installation and immersion processions. The court was of the view that ideal place to play DJ was on lawn or inside four walls. Earlier, assistant government pleader RS Nayak strongly pleaded that playing of DJ shouldn’t be allowed during processions as it led to severe noise pollution and also resulted in traffic congestion on roads.

The Nagpur Division of the Mumbai High Court had earlier given a notice to the Police Commissioner demanding an explanation as to why the the use of DJ has been banned during Ganapati procession. Justice Pratap Hardaas and Justice Arun Chaudhari had asked for a reply by 24th September on the filed request. Pankaj Devidas Dahikar of Ganesh Utsav Mandal, Khatikpura Timki had filed the petition. In this Petition the defendants were Principal Secretary of Litigation Department, Police Director General and Police Commissioner including Police officers of the Tehsil police. On 10 Sep,Tehsil police had asked petitioner not to use DJ sound system during the entire Ganesh Utsav and also asked to guarantee the same by writing a letter. The petitioner also said that during Ganesh Utsav, more that 200 Djs in the city use their skills as a profession. It is also livelihood for many. This means the Mandals have to heavily depend on the traditional music like Sandal and bands.