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Karnataka: A man has approached the Karnataka High court seeking permission to use helicopter to shower his newly constructed house with flowers on February 9.
In his unusual PIL, M Muniraju, who has constructed a new house at Mullur village of Bangalore east taluk, has said that even though his neighbour had done the same, a permission request to the Bangalore Commissioner was rejected.
Muniraju said he has approached the court as invitation cards have already been printed and distributed for the house shower ceremony.
On December 29, 2016 Muniraju had approached Deccan Charters to hire a helicopter for the one and half hour event but the aviation company asked him to get permission from the city commissioner.
Arguing the case before Justice AS Bopanna, Muniaraj’s counsel HC Shivaramu asked the judge to consider his application under article 14 of the constitution.
The counsel also assured court that the event won’t create any law and order issue.
Justice Bopanna who later adjourned the hearing to February 6 came down heavily on the petitioner for his lavish spending.
What was the need for providing such details in the invitation? Are you competing with your neighbour? Is this competition a violation of your equality? asked Justice Bopanna.
Bopanna cited the example of a bride in Maharashtra who had refused to marry when she came to know that her parents were planning to spend Rs 80 lakhs on her marriage. The bride wanted houses to be built for poor instead.
Government, however, has cited Muniraju’s past criminal record and land where the house has been built, under dispute as reason for not giving him permission.
Muniraju needs clearance from the civil aviation ministry before commissioner can grant permission, the government counsel clarified. The court has issued notice to the city commissioner.
The government counsel informed the court that the petitioner’s name was on the list of rowdy-sheeters till recently, and said the man had to get no-objection certificates from the civil aviation ministry and send it to the police commissioner to get the required permission.