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.

There would be more for literature lovers at the next Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) to be held from January 24 to 28, 2013. The annual literature festival that has been growing in reputation since it was first-held in 2008 would add another exquisite feather to its cap in its sixth editionby establishing a connection with The Man Booker International Prize.

“We will be announcing the ‘List of Finalists’ for the Man Booker International Prize at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Thursday, 24 January 2013. This will include an event as part of the festival at the Diggi Palace Hotel followed by an invitational dinner celebration at the City Palace,” said Truda Spruyt, associate director (culture), Colman Getty Consultants, the UK’s iconic culture and campaigning consultancy, which handles the prize.