The venue of the world famous Jaipur literature festival, Diggi Palace, could be running into a controversy even before this year’s programme has started.
A petition has been filed in court after the state government, ignoring the security concerns raised by the police in an internal report, gave a go ahead to the venue. The matter will be heard a day before the festival begins — on January 20.
Concern about stampede looms large in a copy of the report, accessed by NDTV. Last year, around 35,000 people were inside the venue, which can hold only 2,000.