PM Modi ‘violated’ Supreme Court order during two-year gala celebrations: RTI reply

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On 28 May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over a lavish programme to celebrate his two years in office.

The function organised at the India Gate in Delhi was beamed live via Doordarshan by almost all news channels, who decided to drop their scheduled programming in favour of showcasing the gala event sponsored by the central government.

While prime minister’s detractors criticised him for allegedly splashing more than Rs 1,000 crore on newspaper/TV/radio ads and hosting hours of non-stop musical event with the help of Bollywood stars, others accused him of showing little respect to the rule of law.

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What was meant to be a five-hour long broadcast allegedly went beyond its scheduled time.

Soon, social media users began to tweet reminding Modi, who was present at the India Gate, that by continuing with the use of loudspeakers neyong 10 PM, he had been in violation of the Supreme Court order.

The Supreme Court in 2005 had ruled that the use of loudspeaker after 10 PM will no longer be permitted.

The Supreme Court verdict on noise pollution had said, “A loudspeaker or a public address system shall not be used except after obtaining written permission from the authority and the same shall not be used at night i.e. between 10.00p.m. and 6.00 a.m.”

But PM Modi’s speech using loudspeaker at the India Gate had gone well past 11 pm.

Monica Vadera Poonawalla
Monica Vadera Poonawalla

A new RTI reply has ‘confirmed’ that whilst Modi had permissionto host the event at the India Gate, there was no special permission for him to use the loudspeaker beyond 10 PM as required by the Supreme Court.

The RTI was filed by Monicka Vadera Poonawalla, whose husband, Tehseen Poonawalla was among those who had tweeted criticising the prime minister during the event accusing him of being in ‘contempt of Supreme Court.’

In her RTI request, Monica had asked, “Kindly provide documents if any special permission was granted to allow use of loudspeakers after 10.30 PM at the India Gate celebrations of the NDA government.”

In reply, the CPIO Rakesh Mittal said, “The information may be treated as Nil.”

Monica told jantakareporter.com that the prime minister was clearly in contempt of the SC order and she will now initiate a contempt of court proceedings against him soon.

She said, ” The SC guidelines very clearly states that there cannot be use of loud speakers beyond 10 pm. The government can make an exception for a religious or cultural programme but special permission needs to be taken which my RTI shows was not done in this case.

“Therefore it is a contempt of the Supreme Court order and we will be filing contempt of court proceedings against the prime minister and his government. In our country no matter how high and mighty you are, the law is above you and the PM not following the law while enjoying a two year gala party, at a time when the country suffers from a serious drought sends a very wrong message. The PM must remember he is not a king but a public servant bound by law.”

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    • “Therefore it is a contempt of the Supreme Court order and we will be filing contempt of court proceedings against the prime minister and his government. In our country no matter how high and mighty you are, the law is above you and the PM not following the law while enjoying a two year gala party, at a time when the country suffers from a serious drought sends a very wrong message. The PM must remember he is not a king but a public servant bound by law.”

  1. Very irritating! The farmers are facing severe drought & this people are celebrating. Breaking laws & not following judicial system.

  2. PM Modi had a lavish bash on government money on 28 May while the poor farmer suicides continued unabated. Entire nation was disturbed at these actions from the country’s topmost leader PM Modi. The question was who will bell the cat. Srimati Monicka Vadera Poonawaala ji did it. She belled the cat. Entire India except a few blind followers of the mirage of acche din laud the efforts of Monicka ji. With the crystal clear reply of CPIO Rakesh Mitral, the nation wants to know whether the current NDA Government wants to follow the constitution of India or not? The nation also wants to know whether the PM respects the Supreme Court?

  3. Monika mam , was this possible in the congress regime. I mean your RTI report or the contempt of the Supreme court . Would definately be enriched with your great knowledge . With due regards .

  4. While Govt officials should have ensured that loud speakers are switched off at 10.00pm,the issue is being blown out of proportion just to gain publicity .There are many cases in Delhi particularly on occasions of marriage when festivities with loud speakers on go beyond 10.00pm and if a police van passes by or neighbors complain,the police advises the organisers to switch off the loud speakers and the matter ends.
    first of all what is the locus standi of Monica?is she a neighbour?Was she disturbed? These are the questions the court might ask?In any case this is Monica’s publicity stunt.

  5. Let her move the contempt of court petition; that is her right. But what connection is there between the drought and the anniversary celebration? Would the drought situation have improved, had the celebration been abandoned or cut short? She appears to be on the prowl to prey upon the Modi govt.

  6. IF,She moves for next step for justice I feel happy. Things should be set right from the top. Thank you Monicka Vadera Poonawalla

  7. Now Congress people started to care more about farmers, what they were doing when country lost nearly 10 lakh crore because of their parties corruption in center.

  8. What about contempt of supreme court order-
    *daily done early in the morning before 6am by all masjids all over India in the name of Ajaan*
    No one gone to follow the order under act of RTI.

  9. Still wondering on some of the below points:
    1. Why are these sort of issues only in Media not in court where it actually belongs? Contempt of Court
    2. Why is it that no PIL was filed by anyone in this regards? I may be deaf or blind if I missed that update. For AAP and many others (who had been behind Modi’s skin since 2002) this is a good chance

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