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How is Dahi Handi an adventure sport? HC asks Maha govt

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The today asked the to clarify the grounds for classifying 'Dahi Handi' as an adventure sport in 2015 and permitting minors to participate in the festival. A division bench of Justices R M Savant and Sadhana Jadhav raised the query while hearing a seeking contempt action against leader Ashish Shelar and others for flouting conditions and restrictions laid down by the high for the Dahi Handi festival in 2015. Apart from Shelar, the also sought contempt action against former BJP's youth wing president Ganesh Pandey and the then principal secretary of the state The petitioner today informed the bench that after the high laid down the restrictions in its order in 2015, the state issued a resolution on August 11 the same year declaring Dahi Handi as an adventure sport. In its 2015 order, the high had said the human pyramids formed during the festival shall not exceed the height of 20 feet and no minor shall be permitted to participate in its formation. Under the resolution, the permitted minors above the age of 11 years to participate in the festival but with a letter from their parents. Referring to the resolution, Justice Jadhav today said, "Is Dahi Handi an adventure sport? Are our orders being flouted under the garb of it being an adventure sport? How can minors take part in such adventure sports? Explain it to us." The bench directed the to respond to its queries and posted the matter for further hearing on August 4. The also noted that political leaders like Ashish Shelar, who is head of the Dahi Handi Samiti set up by the state in February 2015, should abstain from organising or even attending such festivals where orders are being flouted. The Samiti was set up following a direction from the HC and its mandate was to implement the court's guidelines during the Dahi Handi festivities.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 18:07 IST