Kochi: The Madras High Court today upheld the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to ban RSS march on Gandhi Jayanthi day on October 2, but ruled that the march could be held on November 6.
Admitting the State government’s plea that the march might trigger communal clashes in the backdrop of ban on PFI and arrest of its leaders, the court suggested the new date and said further hearing of the case would be held on October 31. The court directed the government to come back with a necessary plan to allow the march failing which the court would have to initiate contempt of court proceedings against it.
Earlier, protesting against the government’s decision, the RSS counsel argued that why should the RSS suffer in the name of ban imposed on PFI. The counsel claimed that Kerala and Puducherry have granted permission for the march.The court had on September 22 allowed the RSS to conduct the march. The State government on the other hand denied permission following which the RSS approached the High Court by filing a contempt of court petition against the government.
Earlier, the RSS counsel described the state government’s decision as undemocratic and a violation of fundamental rights and liberty. The court asked the RSS to suggest an alternative date instead of October 2. Following which November 6 was selected for holding the march.
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