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Punjab and Haryana High court gives back Raahgiri to its original organisers: MCG in denial
The Gurgaonites finally have a reason to rejoice as Raahgiri is being given back to the original organisers, as directed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon will now have to allow the original team of NGOs and citizens' groups associated with Raahgiri Day to organize the weekly event, having no further limitations such as the advertisement charges or prior approval.

A special division bench of justices Surya Kant and Ajay Tewari issued instructions in open court last week as an aside to an ongoing PIL hearing. The petitioner in the case, Navdeep Asija, brought up the matter of MCG's recent move to take over on the role of the Raahgiri Organisers.

In this regard, Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon's Commissioner, Praveen Kumar said, “Since, I have not seen any written orders, so I cannot just take any action. Raahgiri is not being handed back over to the organisers. They will just become a part of it. MCG will still be running the show with original organisers by our side.” He also said that MCG is handling Raahgiri very well and people are enjoying it. So MCG will keep organising this event.

According to the orders, the NGOs which started this event should be allowed to organize it without any interference from the district authorities. The high court's new directive virtually gives the green light to the original organizers to continue running the event as before on the community-initiative model.

However, Nisha Singh, Councilor, said, ''It is a very acute step taken by the Court. Now the Raahgiri will get its original charm back. Although it is a good move that, now, MCG and Raahgiri organisers will work hand in hand for the betterment of Gurgaon. This is what the Gurgaon people needed. Now, let us see what all glories do the two achieve together.''

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