NAGPUR, Maharashtra — The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday granted permission for a rally of Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad in front of RSS’s Smruti Mandir in Reshimbagh area of the city to be held on Saturday.
The Bhim Army had earlier secured permission from CP & Berar Education Society, which owns the Reshimbagh ground, after making the stipulated payment but had been denied permission from the local Kotwali police station, under whose jurisdiction this ground comes. Police has claimed Azad’s rally could lead to law and order issues.
One of the objections put forward by the police was the Bhim Army’s anti-RSS stance which, they said, could create law and order problems if the rally was allowed at this location.
The Bhim Army’s Nagpur unit had moved to the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court against the Kotwali police station.
The Reshimbagh ground is situated right next to the RSS’s Smruti Mandir, which is the administrative headquarter of the RSS and is situated just a kilometre away from its headquarters in Mahal. When in Nagpur, the top officer bearers of the RSS including its chief Mohan Bhagwat and general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi are put up at the Smruti Mandir.
All major RSS events in Nagpur including the RSS chief’ Vijayadashmi speech, which is considered the most important speech in the Sangh Parivar, take place on this ground every year.
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While granting permission for the Bhim Army’s event, a division bench of Justice Sunil Shukre and Madhav Jamdar set the condition that the event shall not be converted into a...