Mumbai : A three-member committee on Monday informed the Bombay High Court that Shiv Sena had violated noise pollution rules and damaged cricket pitches at Shivaji Park during its annual Dussehra rally.

On October 9 this year, the high court, while granting permission to Shiv Sena to hold the rally, had directed for a committee to be formed to monitor the event and if there was any violation of the rules and conditions.
The committee, comprising Deputy Commissioner of police (Zone V), Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Zone II) and a representative of NGO Wecom Trust, was directed to monitor sound decibel levels at Shivaji Park two hours prior to the rally, during the rally and two hours after the rally.
The High Court directed for a copy of the report to be submitted to the political party and adjourned the hearing on the matter after Diwali vacation.
In its report submitted on Monday before a division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha, the committee said the political party had violated noise pollution rules and the noise levels were above permitted decibel level.
The report stated the Shiv Sena had not used distributed sound system around the ground as directed by the High Court and that a case has been registered by the local police for violation of rules.
According to the report, while the political party had put up ropes restricting people from entering the cricket pitches, the crowd sat on the pitches causing damage to it. The pitches were not restored to its original condition by the organiser of the rally, the report said.
The order granting permission came despite an order of the same bench passed last year directing the political party to look for alternative ground in the future as Shivaji Park falls under silence zone area.

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