The Karnataka High Court on Monday gave the green signal for a seven-day book fair at Palace Grounds.
The government had denied the venue to the organisers. But thanks to the judgment, the 11th edition of the Bangalore Book Festival will be held from March 4 to 10. Justice A S Bopanna allowed a petition by Bangalore Book Sellers and Publishers Association and directed the government to allow the week-long fair.
A book fair benefits many students, teachers and writers, he observed. He directed the government to help organise such a “special occasion”. The Bangalore Book Sellers and Publishers Association had cancelled the festival as the government had granted permission for just three days as against the 10 it had sought. The association had contended that a three-day festival was too short and the event had to be spread over two weekends to attract a good number of visitors.
The government had rejected the application, citing a High Court directive, dated December 21, 2012, that Palace Grounds could be leased out only for events that don’t exceed three days.
The organisers had sought permission under four names: Federation of Publishers in India (three days), Bangalore Book Sellers and Publishers Association (three days), VGR Communication (three days) and India Book House (one day).
Justice Bopanna ruled this “a special case” and allowed the week-long exhibition.