Police notification: Notice issued to TN Govt

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Chennai, Dec 3 (UNI) The Madras High Court today ordered issuance of notice to the Tamil Nadu Government on a writ petition filed by the Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam, challenging the State Director General of Police's (DGP) notification, banning processions, holding public meetings or condolence meetings in support of the banned LTTE.

Justice P Jyothimani, who declined to pass an interim order, restraining the DGP from implementing the notification dated November 27, admitted the petition and ordered notice to the Home Secretary and DGP, returnable by December 18.

Kazhagam Vice-President Anoor Jagadeesan, in the petition, submitted that the DGP had recently issued a notice, warning severe action under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against those who extended support to banned organisations, when there was no such provision in it.

In pursuance to the notice, the police had removed the banners, which carried condolence message for LTTE Political Chief S P Tamilchelvan, at several places in Tamil Nadu. The police had also removed banners against the Sri Lankan Government for killing innocent Tamils in the island, he said.

The petitioner contended that a blanket prohibition of support to the organisation could not be issued and that was not the intent of the Act. It only prohibited unlawful activities, he submitted.

Pointing out that Chief Minister M Karunanidhi himself had issued a poetic message, condoling the death of Mr Tamilchelvan, the petitioner said the DGP had issued the notice without consulting the Chief Minister and without proper application of mind.

He sought an interim injunction, restraining the DGP or his men from removing banners and posters, exhibited to condole the death of the LTTE leader.

The petitioner also prayed to quash the notice and direct the DGP to restore banners, posters and cut outs which exhibited the condolence message and the ethnic issue in Sri Lanka.

UNI

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