The issue of freedom of speech has returned to the courts with an organisation moving the Bombay High Court after being denied permission by the Mumbai Police for a protest march from Byculla to Azad Maidan against “caste-based violence”.
The petitioners, the Jatiya Atyachar Virodhi Kruti Samiti, sought permission on January 28 and 30 for the march.
The Azad Maidan police station police, however, cited a likely law-and-order situation and denied permission on February 2, said lawyers Debapriya Mukherjee and Gayatri Singh.
The petitioner has called the move “illegal” and “arbitrary”. Justices Ranjit More and Anuja Prabhudessai will hear the petition on Monday.
The petition says there is public concern regardng the state’s investigation into the killing of three members of a family in Ahmednagar district’s Jawakheda village on October 20, 2014.
“The proceedings before the court and the investigation raise several doubts regarding the efficacy of proceedings against the accused, due to several facts and instances which may have threatened the course of justice,” the petition says.
The organisation has said the police need not decide on the validity of their application, especially when they had granted permission to other political wings and organisations.
“It is imperative that the communities who face these forms of atrocities know that in their struggle for a life of dignity, they are not alone,” says the petition.
The organisation has sought that the High Court quash the order of the police denying them permission to hold the march.