On Friday, the Madras High Court allowed a petition seeking permission to run an awareness campaign in Madurai for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
The Court directed the Police Commissioner of Madurai to consider the petitioner’s representation and pass orders with reasonable restrictions for free movement of vehicles in Madurai.
The petitioner told the Court that he is holding the office of District Convener of Shri Rama Janma Bhoomi Theertha Kshetra Trust” which is formed to create awareness among the public and the construction of Rama Temple in Ayodhya.
He further stated that the petitioner filed a petition before the Commissioner, Madurai City on 13.02.2021, seeking permission to conduct an awareness campaign by a van in Madurai.
He alleged that his application was rejected due to the law and order situation and Covid-19 restrictions. He further stated that the Police had given permission to various social and political parties, but his application was not considered.
On the other hand, learned APP stated that Assistant Commissioner of Police, Thilagar Thidal, doesn’t have jurisdiction in all the wards of Madurai, and he also contended that the petitioner should have approached Commissioner of Police, Madurai City Police.
Observations and Order of the Court:-
The Court noted that the second respondent did not mention anything about his powers, and he should have forwarded the application to the Commissioner of Police instead of rejecting the permission.
Notably, the Court remarked that Shri Ram is very close to people and widely revered, and if people are allowed to malls, public places, movie halls, then there was no reason why the petitioner’s application should be rejected.
The Court also noted that in the second respondent’s order, it is not mentioned how the petitioner’s campaign would cause law and order problems.
Hon’ble Court ruled that the petitioner should be allowed to take his van in and around Madurai after imposing certain restrictions on his movements.