The Bombay excessive court docket (HC) on Tuesday directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to conduct a bodily assembly of its standing committee on October 21, after it was knowledgeable that an utility for a similar was pending with the city improvement division (UDD).

The court docket upheld the rivalry of two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporators, who petitioned for the standing committee assembly to be bodily held as there have been 674 objects on the agenda to be mentioned. The petitioners identified that if the assembly is held by video conferencing, the problems can be handed with out due deliberation.

The HC held that within the curiosity of the general public, the 27 members of the standing committee together with a dozen officers ought to attend the bodily assembly within the normal physique corridor of the BMC headquarters at Fort whereas observing Covid-19 protocols.

The division bench of chief justice Dipankar Datta and justice Girish Kulkarni, whereas listening to the general public curiosity litigation (PIL) filed by Makarand Narvekar, member of BMC’s standing committee and Prabhakar Shinde, BJP group chief in BMC, was knowledgeable by advocate Jeet Gandhi that the assembly was being held after nearly six months.

Gandhi submitted that as per the agenda of the standing committee issued by the civic authority on October 16, a complete of 674 objects can be put up for consideration. He mentioned that the petitioners have been apprehensive that because the assembly was to be held by video conferencing, there can be no alternative for them to deliberate on the problems and resolutions can be handed arbitrarily.

However, senior counsel Aspi Chinoy together with advocate Joel Carlos for standing committee chairman Yashwant Jadhav, knowledgeable the court docket that the apprehensions of the petitioner corporators have been unfounded as the problems can be taken up serial sensible. Chinoy additional submitted that as no standing committee assembly was held prior to now six months, the checklist of 674 objects was a backlog which was listed within the agenda and by no means meant that every one have been to be accepted and handed on the identical day.

He assured the court docket that the objects can be mentioned sequentially and objects remaining on the finish of the day can be taken up in subsequent conferences of the committee.

Senior counsel Anil Sakhare for the BMC knowledgeable the bench that it had written to the UDD for permission to conduct a bodily assembly on October 14. However, they have been but to obtain a response. He added that the assembly might be held with the 27 members of the standing committee and a dozen officers within the normal physique corridor of the civic administration constructing by observing all Covid-19 protocols, because the corridor has a 180-seat capability.

After being knowledgeable by the UDD that that they had acquired the applying on Tuesday and would require time to determine on it, the court docket mentioned that it was passing orders for the bodily assembly of the committee to be held within the normal physique corridor. The court docket additional noticed, “The BMC is doing so much to control Covid-19. If it does not hold the physical meeting, it will send out a wrong signal to the society that the BMC is hesitant.”

The bench additional mentioned that it was taking the submissions of Chinoy as an enterprise and directed the civic company to conduct the assembly bodily on October 21.

BJP corporators met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to boost the difficulty of a whole bunch of civic work proposals being tabled on the standing committee assembly. Vinod Mishra, BJP group chief, mentioned, “He supported our contention, and said that a physical meeting of clearing so many important proposals is important as they impact every Mumbaiites.”

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