The Madras High Court has allowed a petition seeking to quash an order of the District Revenue Officer (DRO), Salem, and consequently permit a person to publish his monthly magazine.

Justice D.Hariparanthaman passed the order on a petition filed by K.A.Mohammed Ibrahim, who said he was the president of the Tamil Nadu Human Rights Movement. He decided to start a monthly magazine ‘Urimai Mozhi' to create public awareness of human rights and constitutional rights. He made a representation to the DRO in November 2007 seeking permission to publish the magazine. The official by an order dated October 13, 2008 rejected his request. Hence, the present writ petition.

The respondents submitted that as the police gave a report that there were seven cases pending against the petitioner, permission for publishing the magazine was refused.

The Judge said the DRO could not go into the antecedents of the printer and publisher.

The official's order was without jurisdiction. The order infringed the fundamental right. The Judge directed the DRO to pass appropriate orders within four weeks.

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