MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Monday asked the police to solve the problem of a laughter club after a family of lawyers sought legal action to stop the alleged nuisance created outside their building next to Sheetal Talao in Kurla (W).
A division bench of Justice Sharad Bobde and Justice Mridula Bhatkar was hearing a petition filed by a family of lawyers-Vinayak Shirsat, his son Shreeram and daughter-in-law Deepti-urging the court to stop the "mental agony, pain and public nuisance" caused by the club's members who gather near their building.
At a previous hearing, the judges had directed the Vinoba Bhave Nagar police to immediately "stop the nuisance" created by the club.
Additional government pleader Aruna Pai sought time to take instructions from the police station concerned. The judges then said the police must solve the problem. "Solve this problem. This is (an) unnecessary headache... people coming and laughing outside your house," said Justice Bobde.
Earlier, when the judges asked Shirsat's advocate Veena Thadani if notices had been served on the club, they were informed that the club was not registered. "There are 15-20 members. Some others exercise," said Thadani. She also told the court that they were not residents of the area. "They don't belong to the area. It's the 'NIMBY' (not in my backyard) phenomenon." The matter will next be heard on June 28.
The petition said despite appeals to the club members, they refused to lower their voice and remained defiant. It also said Vinayak's health was being affected by the "cacophony caused by the laughter, clapping, bhajans and shouts of encouragement". Vinayak and his wife are 78 and 70 years old, respectively.