AIADMK moves HC to ban Oct one bandh

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Chennai, Sep 26 (UNI) The Opposition AIADMK today moved Madras High Court, seeking a ban on the October one bandh called by the ruling DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) in Tamil Nadu in support of the Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project (SSCP).

AIADMK Presidium Chairman and former Minister E Madhusoodanan, who filed the petition, sought a direction to restrain the DMK Government from ''sponsoring'' the bandh as it was illegal and violative of Article 144 of the Constitution.

He said the Kerala High Court had declared state-sponsored bandhs illegal and the Supreme Court had concurred with the order.

Mr Madhusoodanan further submitted that a case was pending before the Supreme Court with regard to SSCP and the apex court had directed the Centre not to go ahead with the project until further orders. If the DMK was allowed to organise the bandh, it would go against the apex court order, he contended.

Pointing out that the Maharashtra High Court had fined Shiv Sena a sum of Rs 25 lakhs for organising a bandh, he said the DPA, if allowed to hold the bandh, should be asked to deposit Rs 100 crore as caution deposit.

Social activist 'Traffic' Ramaswamy also filed a similar petition and the two petitions were expected to come up for hearing before the first bench, led by Chief Justice A P Shah, tomorrow.

The ruling DMK, after a meeting of the DPA chaired by Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, had called for a dawn-to-dusk bandh to convey to the Centre that it should go ahead with the implementation of SSCP, unmindful of the protests by ''communal forces''.

Meanwhile, Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy, in a petition, urged State Governor S S Barnala to restrain the DMK Government from organising the bandh. He wanted the Governor to maintain law and order by summoning, if necessary, paramilitary forces.


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