SC gives nod to ‘Make in India’ event at Chowpatty (Update)

New Delhi, Feb. 3 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Maharashtra Government to organize an event at Mumbai’s Girgaum Chowpatty beach on February 14 as part of the ‘Make in India’ week celebrations.

The order in this regard was pronounced by a three-judge bench headed by Justice T. S. Thakur.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for the Maharashtra Government, told the apex court that the function relates to national pride as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and representative of 56 countries would attend the event.

“If the Prime Minister’s function is not allowed on Girgaon Chowpatty then the government will also be not allowed to hold Republic day function at India Gate,” he added.

Earlier, the Bombay High Court denied permission for the event.

The Maharashtra Government had filed an application before the High Court after a committee, appointed by the court in 2001 to monitor activities on the beach, asked the government to seek the court’s permission.

The application stated that it proposed to host a ‘Maharashtra Night’ on February 14 at Girgaum Chowpatty to showcase its art and culture and industrial development, adding that the event would end with a laser show and fireworks display.

The High Court, while refusing to grant permission, had observed that permitting the state government to hold such functions on the beach will be faulty to the guidelines of the committee. (ANI)

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