38.6c New Delhi, India, Monday, June 24, 2024
Judiciary

Refusing permission to RSS march because mosques, churches fall on route, is against secularism: Madras High Court [Read Order]

By Shreya Agarwal      20 October, 2023 03:42 PM      0 Comments
Refusing permission to RSS march because mosques churches fall on route is against secularism Madras High Court Read Order

Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu Police to grant permission to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's "route marches", on whose representations the Tamil Nadu government had been sitting for almost a month.

The permission was in respect of route marches to be held in 35 places across Tamil Nadu on October 22 and October 29 this year.

The matter was decided by a single judge bench of Justice G Jayachandran.

After sitting on RSS' members and functionaries representations for almost month, the Tamil Nadu government had finally refused them permission to conduct route marches and public meetings in the state.

It based its refusal on several grounds including that there existed mosques and churches and a regional office of the DMK, along some of the proposed routes.

It also cited potential traffic congestion on some narrow roads.

Setting aside such refusal, the bench held that such grounds as existence of mosques and churches along the route go against the very principle of secularism envisaged by the Constitution.

The single-judge bench held, “The tenor of the rejection order is certainly not in tune with a secular or democratic way of governance. It is neither in obedience nor compliance of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India's dictum. By citing the existence of the structures, place of worship of other religion or office of some organizations, which do not share the same ideology of (as) RSS, the request of RSS to conduct procession and public meeting is rejected. This order is contrary to the principle of secularism which is the foundation of our Constitution,” the Court said.

It cautioned that the State authorities and the participants of the route march must ensure peaceful conduct of such marches and meetings.

The issue of refusal of permission by Tamil Nadu Police and Government to RSS to carry out marches and meetings is not an unprecedented occurrence.

It ad come up before the Court in October last year as well, when the RSS had sought the State government's permission to carry out marches and public meetings at several locations across the state to mark Gandhi Jayanti and 75 years of India’s independence.

Then too, while the State government had refused permission citing intelligence reports anticipating law and order problems, a single-judge of the Madras High Court had come to their rescue and given the RSS permission to conduct the march subject to certain restrictions.

Upon challenge to the order, a division bench of the High Court lifted those restrictions too and emphasised the importance of protests for a healthy democracy.

[Read Order]



Share this article:



Leave a feedback about this
Related Posts
View All

'Mediation Can Effectively Resolve Disputes Governing the LGBTQ Community; it Ensures Relationships are Preserved, Privacy is Guarded and Parties are Heard' : Justice Anand Venkatesh 'Mediation Can Effectively Resolve Disputes Governing the LGBTQ Community; it Ensures Relationships are Preserved, Privacy is Guarded and Parties are Heard' : Justice Anand Venkatesh

them, acknowledge their presence, and make room for them. It will not work if you approach it in the traditional manner. Consider them as human beings; that is all they are requesting,” Justice Anand Venkatesh finally remarked. LGBTQ Community, LGBTQ Community flag, LGBTQ Community in delhi, Madras high court, Madras high court order

TN Medical Council declares change of gender identity of LGBTQIA+ as misconduct [Read Notification] TN Medical Council declares change of gender identity of LGBTQIA+ as misconduct [Read Notification]

The notification was issued in compliance with the directions issued by the Madras High Court in its July 8, 2022, order.

Madras High Court Directs Tamil Nadu Government to Ensure Quota for Transgenders in Local Body Elections [Read Order] Madras High Court Directs Tamil Nadu Government to Ensure Quota for Transgenders in Local Body Elections [Read Order]

Madras High Court directs Tamil Nadu government to provide reservations for transgender individuals in local body elections, aiming for inclusion and democratic participation. The court emphasizes the need to eliminate social stigma and uphold the rights of transgender individuals.

Anti Corruption sleuths acted like "puppets in The Muppet Show", HC notice to ex TN CM in disproportionate assets case [Read Order] Anti Corruption sleuths acted like "puppets in The Muppet Show", HC notice to ex TN CM in disproportionate assets case [Read Order]

Madras High Court questions integrity of MP/MLA case judgments, criticizes anti-corruption sleuths acting as 'puppets' in political show. Examination of corruption cases against lawmakers amid regime changes.

TRENDING NEWS


TOP STORIES

historic-moment-all-four-gates-of-puris-jagannath-temple-reopened-after-bjps-landmark-victory-in-odisha
Trending News Updates
Historic Moment: All Four Gates of Puri’s Jagannath Temple Reopened After BJP’s Landmark Victory in Odisha

Historic Moment All Four Gates of Puris Jagannath Temple Reopened After BJPs Landmark Victory in Odisha

18 June, 2024 11:03 AM
education-minister-admits-irregularities-in-neet-ug-centre-nta-to-face-probing-queries-in-sc
Trending Executive
Education Minister admits irregularities in NEET UG; Centre, NTA to face probing queries in SC

Education Minister admits irregularities in NEET UG; Centre, NTA to face SC probe over exam conduct and paper leak allegations, counselling to proceed.

18 June, 2024 12:14 PM
rajasthan-hc-denies-anticipatory-bail-in-land-forgery-case-cites-serious-charges-and-witness-threats
Trending Judiciary
Rajasthan HC denies anticipatory bail in land forgery case, cites serious charges and witness threats [Read Order]

Rajasthan HC rejects anticipatory bail in land forgery case, citing serious charges, witness threats, and the need for a thorough investigation.

18 June, 2024 12:51 PM
jain-community-dresses-up-as-muslims-to-buy-124-goats-saves-them-from-bakrid-slaughter
Trending News Updates
Jain Community dresses up as Muslims to buy 124 Goats , saves them from Bakrid slaughter

Jain community in Delhi raises Rs 15 lakh, dresses as Muslims to buy and rescue 124 goats from Bakrid slaughter, garnering praise and attention.

18 June, 2024 01:19 PM

ADVERTISEMENT


Join Group

Signup for Our Newsletter

Get Exclusive access to members only content by email