Pondy police asked to allow pro-Eelam Tamil meeting

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Chennai, Mar 3 (UNI) Madras High Court today directed the Puducherry police to allow the Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam to hold a public meeting in support of Eelam Tamils.

Mr Justice P Jyothimani, while admitting a writ petition filed by Kazhagam Puducherry President Logu Iyyappan, ordered the police to consider a fresh petition for convening the meeting.

However, permission should be granted within ten days of the submission of a new petition with 'reasonable' restrictions, especially for speeches about a banned outfit, the court observed.

In his petition, Mr Iyyappan submitted that the proposed public meeting was to garner support for the ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka and persuade the Centre against giving any sort of support to the Sri Lankan Government.

Submitting that the rejection of his application seeking permission to hold the meeting on November 28, 2007, by the Ariyankuppam Inspector violated the Freedom of Speech and Right of Peaceful Assembly guaranteed by the Constitution, he contended that the Inspector had no right to reject the request under the Police Act, 1861.

The Judge set aside the Inspector's order and issued the direction.


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