A day after the Tamil Nadu government denied permission to the RSS to hold a rally on October 2, the Madras High Court on Friday said the rally can be held on November 6.
Last week, the high court had directed the state government to grant permission to the RSS to hold a rally on October 2. However, the government then approached the court citing intelligence reports from central agencies indicating potential law and order problems. Meanwhile, the RSS’s Tiruvallur joint secretary R Karthikeyan filed a contempt petition against officials and police for not granting permission for the rally despite the earlier court order.
On Friday, the single-judge bench of Justice G K Ilanthiraiyan directed police to give permission for the rally to be held on November 6, failing which, the court said it would take up contempt proceedings. It kept October 31 as the date for further hearing in the case.
The RSS’s counsel, S Prabakaran, said the court’s decision in favour of the RSS last week had taken into account all aspects regarding the holding of the rally, and added that police’s decision to still deny permission was a mockery of court orders.
Senior counsel N R Elango, who represented the state police, said police’s objection was only to the conduct of the march on October 2, adding that they are willing to consider granting permission on any other day.
Talking about the reasons that led to the denial of permission for the rally despite a court order, Elango said central intelligence reports warning of possible communal tension in Tamil Nadu could not be ignored.
“The public interest is supreme,” he said. “Safety of the people is the supreme law.”
Elango also read out a Supreme Court order stating that courts should not interfere in law and order issues. He pointed out that police had filed review petitions on September 27 itself and that the state government received a total of seven intelligence reports raising alarm about possible disturbance and law and order problems.