Lambasting the Maharashtra government for allowing events to be held at public properties free of cost and without any conditions imposed, the Bombay high court today refused permission for cultural events as part of the Kala Ghoda festival to be held at Cross Maidan in Mumbai till February 5.
The festival, which starts tomorrow, had Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain performance scheduled for tomorrow evening at the Cross Maidan.
Cultural events of the festival were shifted to Cross Maidan in the past few years after Kala Ghoda area in south Mumbai was declared as silence zone.
A division bench of Justices A S Oka and P N Deshmukh was today hearing a petition filed by the Kala Ghoda Association and Organisation for Verdant Ambience and Land -- organisers of the Kala Ghoda festival, seeking permission to hold the cultural events.
As per earlier directives of the high court, for any event to be held at Cross Maidan, the organisers have to seek permission from it.