Bombay HC expresses concern over Uddhav Thackeray's oath ceremony

Shiv Sena chief, Thackeray is all set to be sworn in as Maharashtra's chief minister at the Shivaji Park in Dadar on Thursday evening.

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On Wednesday, the Bombay High Court raised concerns about public safety over the swearing-in ceremony of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. The court said that holding such functions at a public ground should not become a regular feature.

During a hearing, a division bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and RI Chagla said,

"Henceforth, everyone will want to use the ground for such ceremonies."

Shiv Sena chief, Thackeray is all set to be sworn in as Maharashtra's chief minister at the Shivaji Park in Dadar on Thursday evening.

"We do not want to say anything about tomorrow's ceremony... we are only praying that nothing untoward happens," the court said while hearing a plea of NGO Wecom Trust on whether the Shivaji Park was a playground or a recreation ground.

The court that what will happen is that holding ceremonies will become a regular feature and everyone will want to use the ground for such ceremonies.

In 2010, Bombay High Court had declared the area as a "silence zone" after the public interest litigation (PIL) was filed by the NGO.

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