TN Govt Denies RSS Route March Approval, Limits VCK Protest; Sangh moves HC

Chennai, September 29: The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday denied the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) permission to stage its Oct. 2 march in the state and also declined a nod to a counter-movement planned by the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) on the same day.

The saffron organization went to the Madras High Court a day after serving them a legal notice on the matter, with a contempt plea against senior government officials, including the interior minister.

The state government refused permission, citing problems of law and order due to protests by certain groups, should the RSS undertake a march on Gandhi Jayanthi (October 2).

The government told her not to go ahead with her plan, a senior RSS leader said.

“Our march is peaceful and the Madras High Court has already given its approval. We will address the matter legally,” he told PTI.

The government has also denied VCK, CPI and CPI(M), all allies of the ruling DMK, permission to hold a human chain protest on October 2.

The RSS later filed a contempt motion in the Madras High Court to punish Tamil Nadu Home Minister Phanindra Reddy and Police Director General C. Sylendra Babu for violating the court’s order of 22 RSS conducts “Route March” and holds a public meeting later Sunday.

The application will be submitted to Judge GK Ilanthiraiyan tomorrow.

The judge granted RSS Attorney B Rabu Manohar permission to file the disclaimer when the latter remarked. When it’s numbered and other paperwork done, he’ll hear it tomorrow, the judge added.

Accordingly, Manohar filed the petition later in the day. She tried to punish Reddy, DGP Sylendra Babu and Pakerla Cephas Kalyan from Tiruvallur district for disobeying the September 22 order referring to that of R. Karthikeyan from Kakkaloor, the joint secretary of the Tiruvallur RSS unit , submitted written petition.

According to the petitioner, Judge Ilanthiraiyan, through the joint order passed on September 22 via a series of written petitions, had directed the three agencies to grant permission on or before September 28 to conduct the processions and hold public gatherings at October 2 locations , which are mentioned in the representations, on the basis of the conditions set by the judge. However, in gross violation of this order, the authorities issued the rejection order on September 28.

The preliminary prayer is to allow the RSS to conduct the route marches and hold public meetings on October 2nd.

Manohar had previously issued a legal notice to Reddy, Babu, Kalyan and a local police inspector, asking why they should not be prosecuted for contempt of court order.

Meanwhile, a petition from VCK leader and Lok Sabha MP Thol Thirumavalan calling for a recall of the HC’s September 22 order allowing RSS events is likely to come to the hearing on Friday.

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