Court allows Tamil leader to go on fast on SL

2 October 2013 03:28 am - 16     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Madras High Court on Tuesday said the general secretary of Thamizh Thesiya Viduthalai Iyakkam, K.Thiagarajan, could choose either Chepauk or Valluvar Kottam to go on a fast in support of his demands, which included expelling Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth.

Justice K.K.Sasidharan agreed with the city police’s contention that if the fast is permitted on the Marina, as sought for by Mr.Thiagarajan, it would cause traffic problems. The beach attracted several tourists and the functioning of various offices such as Madras University and Secretariat would be affected in case traffic comes to a standstill on the artery. Therefore, it is not possible to permit the petitioner to undertake a fast on the Marina. The petitioner should be given liberty to choose an alternative location either opposite the State Guest House at Chepauk or Valluvar Kottam.

Mr.Thiagarajan sought to quash an order of the Chennai Police of September 19 denying him permission to go on an indefinite fast on the Marina from October 1 to press his demands, including that the CHOGM meeting should not be held in Colombo, and if it is held in the Sri Lankan capital, the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, should not attend it.

Mr.Justice Sasidharan said there was no dispute that the police had a duty to maintain law and order, but while rejecting the request for permission, the police should indicate briefly the reasons for doing so. The State having allowed similar form of protests earlier could not take a different yardstick now. The police had enough power to impose reasonable restrictions to ensure the safety and convenience of the people at large. It appears to have taken a policy decision to ban public meetings and other agitations, fearing possible law and order problem. Each case should be decided by police considering the peculiar factual situation.

However, the decision should not be arbitrary. Setting aside the impugned order, Mr.Justice Sasidharan issued a set of directions which included that the petitioner should give an undertaking that he would not initiate violence while organising meetings in connection with the fast. The petitioner should inform the police about the selection of location.

The Commissioner should give permission by 6 p.m. on October 1 by imposing necessary conditions. (Source: The Hindu)
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  • sach Wednesday, 02 October 2013 07:21 AM

    what is the point of transparency when the issue involves a foreign country?
    :D
    Gon joke big deal karanne nathiwa inna meya!

    ranil Wednesday, 02 October 2013 04:27 AM

    What about his backyard?

    sach Wednesday, 02 October 2013 12:21 PM

    No comment on chennai killing? why honey?

    CHANDRAPALA Wednesday, 02 October 2013 07:50 AM

    Lesson should be learned from the Madras High Court.

    Rohan Wednesday, 02 October 2013 12:41 PM

    This is really good when there are so many poor in India who don't have food to eat. Save your food and get into shape. Good luck with your fast but Sri Lanka is proud to be the host at the next CHOGM and it will go on.

    Navo Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:02 AM

    for stupid people

    Flatwhite Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:11 AM

    Great to see Indians (Sorry Tamil Naduans) trying to die for Sri Lanka.We Sri Lankans all hail you the day your are dead because there is no medicine for stupidity.

    Lokka Wednesday, 02 October 2013 01:30 PM

    Another Tamil Nadu Joker

    Rubert Vanderkoon Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:25 AM

    Why didn´t the judge put the guy out f his misery by permitting him to hang himself? Fasting will kill him slowly because the state of his county has no powers to expel SL from anything.

    Rubert Vanderkoon Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:28 AM

    It shows their judiciary is immature and they have people who do not value their own lives. Moreover, judges and the people, all live in a cloud cuckoo land.

    SL Wednesday, 02 October 2013 05:19 AM

    Actually it shows the stupidity in both the citizen and the system!

    Suq Madique Wednesday, 02 October 2013 09:21 AM

    Actually its a silly ruling as this will create chaos and attract other radicals and secondly they are condoning a man trying to kill himself.

    Ponnaiya Wednesday, 02 October 2013 09:42 AM

    Send the fellow to Sri Lanka. We could provide place at Lunatic Asylum at ANGODA. proper place for him.

    nicky karunarathna Thursday, 03 October 2013 05:10 AM

    Fast unto death much better and much appreciated. Keep going mate until go under six feet!

    Roshan WR Wednesday, 02 October 2013 09:48 AM

    Fake fastings , not heard of any dead so far...

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 02 October 2013 04:02 AM

    Excellent transparent legal system and direction.


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