Raj HC allows JLF at Diggi

Jaipur, Jan 20 : Rajasthan High Court today allowed the Jaipur Literature Festival to be held at the same venue, Diggi Palace this year, but kept the petition regarding shifting the venue, pending.

Sanjeev Gupta, a doctor and petitioner had moved the court on Jan 18 with a plea to consider shifting this year’s Jaipur Literature Festival from Diggi Palace, saying traffic snarls, surging crowds, road blockades and shortage of parking spaces in the densely populated area could imperil people’s lives.

His PIL was based on a report filed by the deputy commissioner of police (south), who had denied festival authorities permission to hold the yearly event at the 17th century palace. The permission was granted later.

While hearing the petition, Justice Ajay Rastogi today allowed the festival to be held at the same venue, Diggi Palace, as only one day was left for the fest to start and all associated arrangements have been completed.
He, however, asked the state advocate general to assure that all possible measures regarding security, crowd and traffic management, fire fighting systems have been take of in regard to the festival. He also asked the state authorities to submit a report on security and traffic arrangement within seven days.

The PIL rejection has come as a relief for JLF authorities. JLF producer Sanjoy Roy, said: “JLF is the biggest festival where people converge from allover the world. It cannot happen if they think we are a bunch of foolish people putting it together. We have been doing it for eight years now. We are in the ninth edition. It is not just our festival, it is Jaipur’s festival, Rajasthan’s and of course India’s festival. Everybody come together to make it happen.”

About the PIL Roy said : “It is very disturbing. All our energy in the last two days have gone into seeing the legal aspects, what can happen, the back up plan. But for what reason?”

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