A vacation bench of the Bombay High Court on Wednesday refused to grant a stay against the ongoing Sunburn Festival being held in Pune district.
Justice Girish Kulkarni refused to grant interim relief and posted the petition filed by one Dattatray Pasalkar to January 9. In his petition, the agriculturist who has a plot of land adjacent to the area where the Sunburn Festival is being organised by Percept Company, claimed there were several illegalities, including damage to environment because of excavation and cutting of trees. Further, it also alleged that festival organisers would be serving alcohol at the venue without proper permission for the same. With the area near the concert venue being forest land, there were also concerns raised about noise and air pollution, and disturbance in the area.
However, the organisers refuted the claims made in the petition and argued that all necessary permissions were obtained to hold the festival. It also denied cutting of trees or excavation. Moreover, the petitioner had earlier moved a court in Pune, stating the same facts and seeking peculiar relief, which was rejected. Additional Government Pleader Pravin Sawant also informed the court that he had received oral instructions from the Collector and Tahsildar office stating that all necessary permissions had been granted to the organisers.
Following this, the court took everything on record and refused to grant any interim relief. The festival, which is usually held in Goa, shifted venue this year to Pune and is being held between December 26 and 31. Over the next five years, it will be held at different locations in the state.