Mumbai : Days after the major fire at a ‘Make in India’ event, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday told Maharashtra government that it should frame comprehensive guidelines to ensure safety of artistes and technicians on stage and also of the audience, if such rules do not exist already.

Hearing a PIL, a bench headed by Justice V M Kanade asked the government to file an affidavit in two weeks stating whether such guidelines or policy existed and if such a policy or guidelines had been framed whether they were being implemented.

A massive blaze had on Sunday night engulfed the stage of the show held at Girgaum Chowpatty beach where several film celebrities and politicians were present, but there were no casualties.

“If such guidelines have not been framed yet, then it is high time that a policy or rules should be drawn immediately to ensure safety of artists and technicians on stage and also of the audience. This is not about this event where a fire broke out causing panic among the audience…. This is not a blame game. Fortunately, the government took steps and no untoward incident happened and everyone was evacuated,” the bench said. The public interest litigation, filed by ‘Association For Aiding Justice’, sought safety measures for artists and others performing during an event.

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