Monday, August 21, 2017

Amit Shah’s airport meet: AAI says won’t allow a repeat, Bombay HC disposes of activist’s plea

Panaji: The Bombay High Court Monday disposed of an activist’s petition against a “public meeting” held at Dabolim airport in Goa last month to welcome BJP chief Amit Shah after the Airport Authority of India (AAI) submitted that it was not pre-planned and assured the court that it won’t allow a repeat of such “isolated occurrence”.
In an affidavit submitted before the division bench of Justices G S Patel and Nutan Sardessai, AAI Goa Director BCH Negi stated such instances would not be repeated in future. Social activist Aires Rodrigues had challenged the holding of the meeting to welcome Shah on the airport premises on July 1. He had sought action against the authorities concerned for allowing the meeting in the high-security precinct of the airport, which he claimed was in violation of norms.
He had submitted photographs and alleged the BJP made contradictory statements. On one hand it claimed the meeting was held after securing all the necessary permissions while on the other hand it stated that the gathering was spontaneous. On August 18, Negi filed an affidavit stating the “public meeting” was not pre-planned.
21/08/17 PTI/Indian Express