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Bandh: Sena, BJP fined Rs 20 lakh each

Vijay Singh in Mumbai | July 23, 2004 14:10 IST
Last Updated: July 23, 2004 16:21 IST

The Bombay high court on Friday fined the Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party Rs 20 lakh each for calling a bandh in Mumbai on July 30, 2003 in the wake of a blast in the city.

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A bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S U Kamdar said the money would go into a fund and will be used to improve public amenities.

A PIL, filed by AGNI, theatre personality Alque Padamsee and former municipal commissioner B G Deshmukh, had alleged that the city had suffered an estimated loss of Rs 50 crore because of the bandh.
The group submitted that not only was the bandh forced on the people of Mumbai, it was violative of the Supreme Court order of 1997 prohibiting political parties from resorting to such methods of agitation.

The Shiv Sena and BJP have all along maintained that the bandh was spontaneous.

Shiv Sena spokesman Subhash Desai, in a affidavit filed before the court, had said in a democracy, industrial and political actions do result in disruption of services causing inconvenience to people.

The July 30 bandh was called to protest a blast in suburban Ghatkopar which had left four persons dead and 48 injured.


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Number of User Comments: 30

Sub: Double standards

Let this be done in the murderous regime of WEST BENGAL, where almost all the STRIKES and BANDHs are called by the ruling (so-called) COMMUNISTS, ...

Posted by Prof. Anand V. Patwardhan

Sub: Racust-Facist

Fined to Sena and BJP is nothing compare to the loss these organizations caused to the nation. Actually these two and like these organiztions must ...

Posted by sunil

Sub: Bandh is BANDH

Great news>>>> the other state high courts should follow suit & stop this nuisance caused by politicians. An open message to all the politicians If ...

Posted by Sarang

Sub: Surprised!

I was surprised that my message did not get posted because it was against the High Court decision for it was akin to imposing dictatorship ...

Posted by Ramesh Kapoor

Sub: Fine Is too less

This 20 Lakh Fine is too less and that also they are going to get by looting public or government money. All such parties calling ...

Posted by Sparsh



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