Supreme Court has rejected the fresh plea seeking modification of restriction over the height of the human pyramid during Dahi-handi ritual in Janmashtami in Maharashtra. The Apex court said that the height of human pyramid cannot exceed the limit of 20 feet in the festival. The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard a plea which sought to relax the of 20-feet height cap on the human pyramid during the ‘Dahi handi’ ritual during Janmashtami festival in Maharashtra. Justices U U Lalit and L Nageswara Rao and A R Dave, formed the bench to hear the plea on the issue as the festival is to be celebrated on Thursday across the country.
The Maharashtra government on August 3 had moved the Apex court seeking clarification of its previous order limiting the height of the human pyramid and also the cap on the age to take part in the Dahi Handi celebration in the state. The SC had earlier did not relax the conditions which the Bombay HC had put by issuing a directive that youths below 18 years of age were barred from participating in the Janmashtami ritual in the state and also cap on the height of the human pyramid at 20 feet.
A fresh plea was then filed by Jai Jawan Krida Mandal Govinda Pathak from Mumbai, giving the reason that since youth below 18 years of age are not allowed to participate in the ritual, the height cap should then be increased. The organisation said that adventure is a part of every sport. The celebration is to be held in the state on August 25. The event is generally organised a day after the Krishna Janmashtami.