HC rejects plea seeking specific venue for protests
August, 18th 2011
The Delhi high court on Wednesday refused to entertain a plea seeking designation of a specific place outside central Delhi for holding of various protests.
"There is a lot of confusion in your petition. On the one hand, you say that there should be a designated place for such protests and on the other, you want a ban on such protests in central Delhi," observed a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna.
While directing the petitioner Abhishek Jain to withdraw his petition, HC asked, "Why are you in a dual mind? You need to study well and file a fresh a petition ." "Don't bring politics into courts," the bench remarked . The PIL was filed in the wake of Anna Hazare's arrest and detention of over 1,400 of his supporters after they were denied permission to hold a protest at J P N Park in central Delhi.
The petition accused the government and the administration of adopting a "pickand-choose" policy while granting permission to hold such protests. "There should be a designated place for holding peaceful protests," it argued, seeking the intervention of the court. The petition also sought a ban on "rallies in central Delhi to avoid traffic jams or chaos" .
Referring to the denial of permission for Hazare's protest , the petitioner said the government had violated the fundamental rights of citizens.
Meanwhile, peaceful protests by HC lawyers against Anna Hazare's arrest continued for the second day in a row. Lawyers assembled before the court at 2pm and opposed the arbitrary arrest, calling it illegal. The protest was organized by Abhivyakta Parishad, an NGO.