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HC asks Sena-BJP to pay Rs 20 lakh each for bandh

June 23, 2005 14:22 IST

The Bombay high court has ordered the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party to pay Rs 20 lakh each as compensation to the Maharashtra government for the losses suffered during a bandh they called on July 30, 2003 in Mumbai.

The bandh was called in the wake of the July 28, 2003 Ghatkopar bomb blast that left two dead and over 25 injured.

A Bench comprising Justice A P Shah and Justice S U Kamdar signed the order on Wednesday.

The order followed a PIL filed by AGNI, a non-government organisation; theatre personality Alyque Padamsee; and former municipal commissioner B G Deshmukh.

Also see: Ghatkopar blast -- All accused acquitted
The PIL pegged the loss suffered due to the bandh at Rs 50 crore.

The PIL said the bandh was forced on the people of Mumbai and that it was violative of the Supreme Court order of 1997 prohibiting political parties from resorting to such methods of agitation.

The Sena and BJP have, however, claimed that the bandh was spontaneous.

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Sub: Compensation for damages during Bandh

Dear Sirs, The High Court took right decision to pay compensation by the agenceis who were responsible for the bandh. With this action, the parties ...

Posted by S.Nizamuddin

Sub: fining the p0olitical parties for bandh

High court took correct decision and it should keep up the same policy with all the parties. There is no bias in this ,, if ...

Posted by setty

Sub: Bandh fine

HI readers, This is a good start to shouldnt feel that it is targeted at a particular political party....its just a start......and next time ...

Posted by kiran

Sub: Why is only the BJP-SS targetted ?

Dear Readers, We have a biased judiciary in the country. So many political parties call bandhs, but there are not targeted by the courts. Other ...

Posted by Avinash

Sub: Bombay HC's order fining BJP and Shiv Sena

It is only thru such orders that it is possible to discipline political parties and preventing them from resorting to irresponsible behaviour. The penalty should ...

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