'Chakkajam' banned in MP

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Jabalpur, Dec 7 (UNI) Giving relief to people affected by frequent road blockades during agitation by political parties, social organisations and employees, the Madhya Pradesh High Court today banned 'chakkajam' across the state. The court also directed the Chief Secretary to issue instructions accordingly in view of Congress-sponsored 'chakkajam' tomorrow.

A division bench comprising Justice Deepak Mishra and Justice R K Gupta issued the order today on a public interest petition moved by Nagarik Upbhokta Margadarshak Manch President P G Najpande. The bench had reserved the judgement yesterday after hearing the petitioner's counsel.

State's main opposition Congress had given a call for state-wide 'chakkajam' tomorrow to press for the resignation of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on moral grounds after the Lokayukta police lodged an FIR and launched an inquiry on a court directive for alleged corrupt practices in the purchase of four dumpers in the name of his wife Sadhana Singh and later hiring it out to Rewa-based J P Cement.

Regarding the Congress agitation on December 8, the High Court asked the state government to ensure that there was no road blockade nor any other inconvenience to the public in their movement across the state. It also warned that any act of officials concerned failing to enforce the directive would be deemed as contempt of court.

Petitioner's counsel Anshuman Singh, during the hearing, said political parties, social organisations and employees often resorted to road blockade and other form of agitation causing inconvenience to common masses in order to press their demands or lodge their protest. Common people were deprived of their right of free movement or prevented from reaching intended place. On many occasions, seriously ill patients could not to be conveyed to healthcare facility in time or causing their death on the way due to agitations, he added.


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