Bombay High Court directed the State Government on Thursday that there is the necessity to get an undertaking from the organizers of Global Citizens India Festival. It reveals that organizers are ready to pay waived-off entertainment duty if it is directed by Court in future. On the other hand, the Court refused a stay on the ColdPlay Concert, which has been scheduled on November 19. The venue is Bandra-Kurla Complex BKC Ground in Mumbai.
What the Advocate General says?
Rohit Deo, the Acting Advocate General also says ColdPlay, the famous British band would perform only for 1 hour. While the actual program would continue for eight-and-a-half hours.
He even said, “Out of the 17 sustainable goals of United Nations, issues such as gender equality and sanitation have been adopted for this programme. Out of the 85,000 seats available, organizers have sold tickets for 65,000 seats to people who have contributed to the society in their respective fields. As many as 4000 seats are booked for dignitaries. Tickets for only 11,000 seats are sold to meet the expenditure.”
Deo also says that out of 80,000 tickets, 65,000 would be distributed free of cost to those individuals who show their involvement to the society. And out of 15,000 tickets, which would be left, 11,000 would be sold earning revenues and rest 4,000 would be kept aside for bigwigs.
Decision of the Division Bench
A division bench consisting of Chief Justice Majulla Chellur and Justice M S Sonak was hearing the case. And the public interest litigation was filed by Damania and Hemant Gavande. They challenged the Government’s decision to relinquish the entertainment duty for the ColdPlay Concert.
The exemption from entertainment duty under Bombay Entertainment Duty Act-1923 is applicable only for programs conducted for any educational purpose. Also, the charitable organizations would enjoy the benefit, as they working for the sake of the society.