It banned rallies and meetings in support of banned organisations
CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has admitted a writ petition seeking to quash a Government notification that banned rallies and meetings in support of banned organisations and warned individuals and organisations indulging in such activities of severe action.
Justice P. Jyothimani, before whom the petition filed by Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam vice-president Anoor Jagadeesan came up for hearing, admitted the plea and directed the Director-General of Police to file a counter-affidavit. He then posted the matter on December 18 for further proceedings.
The petitioner contended that the impugned notification, published as ‘important notice’ in all newspapers, had not specified under which provision it was being issued. Pursuant to the notification, the police had removed posters and banners from the petitioner-party office in Chennai, Salem, Salem and other places, he said, adding the party never supported any unlawful activity of any banned organisation.
Referring to the November 2 killing of the LTTE leader Tamilselvan in an air raid in Sri Lanka, the petitioner said the party was concerned only at the loss during a crucial period of the peace process.
The petitioner said the blanket prohibition, as laid down by the impugned notification, could not be issued, and added that the Constitution did not empower the authorities to issue such an order. He prayed for the quashing of the notification and, as an interim relief, sought stay on its operation.
© Copyright 2000 - 2007 The Hindu