Don't feed birds on your balcony, it's nuisance to others: SC

     
March 21, 2019
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has rejected a petition of a Mumbaite who challenged the order of a lower court restraining the petitioner from feeding birds on their balcony as it is nuisance for the other residents in the housing society and it dirties the place with droppings and filth.

A bench of Justices UU Lalit and Indu Malhotra said, "If you are living in a residential society, then you have to conduct yourself according to the norms."

The Mumbai city civil court on September 27, 2013 had granted the complainant interim injunction and restrained the woman from feeding birds from her balcony as it amounted to nuisance to others. This order of the civil court was challenged in the Bombay High Court by the woman but the High Court refused to interfere in the matter and dismissed the appeal on July 12, 2016.

In this background the apex court also dismissed the matter.

The original petition was filed in 2011. Dilip Sumanlal Shah and Meena Shah residing in the 10th floor of an apartment in Worli moved the civil court against Thakore and her family members residing on the 14th floor.

The Thakores had contended that they were animal welfare activists. The housing society had supported the plaintiff.

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