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Plea seeking ban on reservation rally by shepherd tribe rejected


Mumbai:  A Pune civil court has rejected a petition that sought an order to restrain leader of Shepherd community Hemant Patil from taking out a rally on September 29 to demand reservation in jobs and education for members of the tribe.

The petition was rejected yesterday by Pune civil judge S S Gulhane on technical grounds, according to the petitioner’s lawyer Mayur Narendra Gajbhiye.

The court ruled that the petition was not filed in a proper format and hence rejected it, the lawyer said.

The petition, filed by Rajesh Palve, contended that Patil had organised a rally in Pune to demand reservation for the Shepherd community by describing himself as “HP of Maharashtra” and drawing a parallel on the lines of a rally taken out by Hardik Patel in Gujarat for the Patel community.

It was pleaded that the rally slated to be held on September 29 in Maharashtra demanding reservations could create law and order problems just as the Gujarat rally over OBC quota had witnessed riots. Hence, the organiser should be restrained from taking out the procession, the petition pleaded.

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