New Delhi: The Supreme Court agreed to hear on Tuesday an appeal of Maharashtra government against the Bombay High Court order denying permission to hold an event at Girgaum Chowpaty in Mumbai to kick start the 'Make in India Week' programme, which will be attended by the Prime Minister.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice T S Thakur said it will hear the petition when Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, appearing for the state, cited urgency for an early decision.
"The idea behind holding such an event is to attract investments in Maharashtra and certain events have been allowed to be held at Girgaum beach in the past also," the Solicitor General said.
"Besides the Prime Minister, five to six heads of nations are also likely to take part in the event to be held from February 13-18," he said, adding that it is part of the 'Make in India' campaign of the Central government.
The Bombay High Court had last week refused to allow the state to hold the event at Girgaum Chowpatty in south Mumbai.
The Maharashtra government had filed an application before the high court after a committee, appointed by HC in 2001 to monitor activities on the beach, asked the government to seek the court's permission.
The HC-appointed committee had in 2005 submitted the guidelines on what activities and functions can be permitted to be held at the Girgaum Chowpatty beach.
The high court, while refusing to grant permission to the state government, had observed that permitting the government to hold such functions on the beach will be "faulty" to the guidelines of the committee.
In its application, the state had said 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 will end with a laser show and fireworks display.
"This 'Make in India' event is much grand and important. At least three Prime Ministers of different countries are excepted to attend the event along with several other VIPs and foreign delegates. The function will be open to the public also," the state had told the high court.
The court, however, had refused to accept the state's contention, saying, "Make in India programme can't be equated with the solemn function of celebrating the existence of Maharashtra for 50 years. The presence of VIPs and foreign delegates does not mean the guidelines accepted by the high court earlier have to be modified."...