The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed an appeal by Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik against the Goa government’s decision to ban his entry into the state.
A bench led by Chief Justice H L Dattu also censured Sri Ram Sene for moral policing and assaulting women in its name.
“Why have you been doing moral policing? Is this what you want to do? You beat up women in the name of moral policing? The judges are justified in passing this order. It is for maintaining peace,” said the bench.
It said that Muthalik must remain outside Goa for at least six months.
Muthalik, in his appeal, had said prohibition is “orchestrated by an invisible hand operating from Goa or New Delhi”.
Muthalik said that repeated prohibitory orders issued against him since last year violated his fundamental rights as he wanted to visit the BJP-ruled state for religious purpose in exercise of his Constitutional right.
The 52-year-old chief of Sri Ram Sene came into limelight after he led a group of men to attack women visiting a Mangalore pub in 2009.
In his petition filed through advocate Vishnu Jain, he sought the stay of the July 2 order of the Bombay High Court’s Goa bench, and described the ban orders as “oppressive, repressive, unjust, unfair, arbitrary and clearly an abuse of process of law for extraneous and political reasons”.
Muthalik argued when leaders like All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi and his brother Akbaruddin Owaisi or Binayak Sen have not been banned from Goa, the reasons given by districts police chiefs to prohibit his entry were certainly prompted by “corrupt motives to appease political masters and have submitted reports to suit the political ambitions of a person operating from Goa and/or New Delhi”.
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