Telangana High Court denies POP relief, reiterates ban on Hussain Sagar.

A writ petition filed by the Telangana Ganesha Murti Kalakar Welfare Association has challenged the guidelines framed by the Pollution Control Board for a complete ban on Ganesha idols made of plaster of Paris.

Hyderabad: The Telangana High Court on Monday refused to grant an interim injunction in favor of artisans making plaster of Paris (POP) Ganesha idols, upholding its orders against the immersion of POP idols by civic authorities and the state government. But expressed concern about closing his eyes. Hussain Sagar

A bench of Chief Justice Alok Arade and Justice NV Shravan Kumar was dealing with a writ petition filed by the Telangana Ganesh Murthy Kalakar Welfare Association, challenging the Pollution Control Board’s blanket ban on POP idols. was

The long-pending legal issue came to light last year when the High Court allowed the conditional immersion of the POP idols, in what it called a ‘last chance’. The state government also gave an assurance to the Supreme Court that it would strictly comply with the ban on immersion of POP idols at Hussain Sagar.

However, the High Court bench on Monday expressed concern over how the government could conspire to ensure compliance with the order.

Advocate General (AG) BS Prasad, appearing for the state government, assured the court that the government was bound and would abide by the earlier directives.

Chief Justice Alok Arade pointed out that there are large cranes at the site, suggesting the possibility of preparation for immersion of the POP idols. The AG clarified that there are ponds around Hussain Sagar where immersion is allowed and the government is taking all necessary steps to ensure that the court order is not violated.

In the hearing, the court also expressed regret over the government’s failure to clear the garbage on the court’s instructions. A special public prosecutor, Harendra Prasad, informed the court that it is the job of the GHMC to clean the garbage tank connected to the immersion.

In its interim order, the bench rejected the plea of ​​the writ petitioners that they have a fundamental right to manufacture PoP Ganesha idols, citing similar prohibitions in other high courts that have escaped judicial scrutiny. has gone He observed that prima facie, it appears from the law laid down by the Supreme Court that the petitioners have no fundamental right to manufacture POP idols.

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