A representation seeking ban of Tipu Jayanthi celebrations has been submitted to Karnataka's Chief Secretary Subhash Chandra Khuntia. Manjunath, a farmer from Kodagu was directed by the divisional bench of High Court to submit a representation to the state while disposing off his petition to stall Tipu Jayanthi celebrations.
The representation asks the government to reconsider spending consolidated public funds on celebrating Tipu Jayanthi across the state. According to the High Court's directive, the state government represented by the Chief Secretary has till November 8 to respond to the petition.
The High Court had made it amply clear that it didn't have an opinion on the petition. The petitioner was asked to approach the state government after the court declared that it can't intervene in the matter since it was a policy decision of the government to make Tipu Jayanthi a state celebration.
The petitioner made a representation to the Kodagu DC who in turn submitted the same to the Chief Secretary. State advocate general had told the court on Thursday that necessary arrangements would be made to prevent any untoward incident like last year.
Kodagu on alert:
In a bid to prevent incidents of violence, the Kodagu police are already on high alert with additional security measures being implemented. Lodges, homestays are being scrutinised, strict vigil is being kept at the district borders. Additional checkposts have been set up along the borders and CCTVs have been made compulsory for all homestays,lodges and all sensitive localities in the district. The district commissioner has also prohibited flag hoisting, putting up of banners and posters in public places without prior police permission.
Similar measures are being taken in Dakshin Kannada district considering the opposition to Tipu Jayanthi from the people of the region. Sensitive localities like Bantwal are under strict police vigil.