Book case against organizers of Alappuzha rally, says HC

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“If a participant in the rally launches provocative slogans, the organizers of the rally are also responsible”

“If a participant in the rally launches provocative slogans, the organizers of the rally are also responsible”

Organizers of the People’s Front of India (PFI) rally in Alappuzha, during which unstable slogans for the community were raised, will be implicated as defendants in the case and police are expected to investigate the case, it has been ordered the High Court of Kerala. Judge PV Kunjikrishnan issued the order on a motion brought by R. Ramaraja Varma.

The court noted that if a member of a rally held provocative slogans, the people organizing the rally would also be liable. “If a gathering is organized, it is the duty of the leaders to control the members of the gathering. Whether the members of the rally waved the slogan with the knowledge of the organizers or whether there is any connivance between the organizers and the people who waved the provocative slogans must be investigated by the police,” the court noted.

“Conditions Violated”

When the case was considered, government litigator Vidya Kuriakose said Alappuzha police had filed charges against the Bajrang Dal for staging a bike rally without asking permission. An action was also brought against the PFI for violating the conditions set by the district administration when granting the authorization for the programme. Police had ensured that the public order situation was under control in Alappuzha town as part of the programs, Ms Kuriakose said.

The High Court closed the petition noting that the police should investigate the case unhindered by any submissions made in the judgment. Police officers must take action according to law against anyone who violated the law, the court ordered.

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