The State police on Thursday questioned the maintainability of the Letters Patent Appeals (LPA) preferred by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) office-bearers against a single judge’s order permitting them to take out route marches and conduct public meetings only on premises with compound walls at 41 places in the State.
Appearing before a Division Bench of Justices R. Mahadevan and J. Sathya Narayana Prasad, Additional Public Prosecutor E. Raj Thilak contended that the LPAs were not maintainable at all since the single judge had granted permission for the marches with certain conditions, but the organisers chose not to conduct them.
After hearing the preliminary arguments, the judge asked Senior Counsel G. Rajagopal and N.L. Rajah, representing the appellants, to serve the case papers on the APP and adjourned the matter to January 5 after being informed that the appellants intended to take out the marches through public roads either on January 22 or 29.
Allowing their writ petitions, the single judge had on September 22 directed the police to grant permission for route marches, followed by public meetings, in 50 places across the State on October 2. However, then, the police refused to grant permission citing the ban imposed by the Centre on the Popular Front of India (PFI), a Muslim organisation.
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