Thursday, March 4, 2010

Court seeks State views on rallies

Kochi: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Thursday orally directed the State government to inform the court within 10 days its views on a plea to ban processions/demonstrations/ agitations consisting of more than 500 participants on the roads in Kochi city.

The Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice P.R. Raman and Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair gave the direction when a writ petition filed by the Kochi-based Institute of Social Welfare came up for hearing.

The court allowed Basil Attipetty of Kochi to implead in the case.

He sought to oppose the petitioners plea on grounds that if such a plea was allowed, it would violate the Constitutional rights of the people to assemble and form associations.

In its petition, the organisation had pointed out that a series of demonstrations and processions that were taken out in the city in the last few years had blatantly violated the directions of the High Court in this regard. The demonstration taken out by the SNDP Yogam on January 22 in Kochi was the latest instance.

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