Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The State Government on Tuesday placed before the Karnataka High Court the draft rules conceived by the Bangalore City police to regulate and monitor rallies and processions in Bangalore City.

The government advocate informed a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran and Justice V.G. Sabhahit that the police had already published the draft rules and that it would be notified after following the procedure.

The Bench was dealing with a public interest litigation (PIL) petition by Janagraha against the inconvenience caused to the residents of Bangalore when the Janata Dal (Secular) took out a massive rally in Bangalore last year to mark the appointment of H.D. Kumaraswamy as party president.

Janagraha’s action

Janagraha had brought to the notice of the court the chaotic traffic situation in Bangalore and the failure of the authorities, particularly the police, in bringing the situation under control.

The Bench had asked the Government to frame appropriate laws to regulate such public protests. When the matter came up today, the government advocate submitted that the Commissioner of Police had two days ago published a draft on monitoring public protests in Bangalore.

Called the Licensing and Controlling of Assemblies and Processions (Bangalore) Rules 2008, they would come into effect once they are gazetted.

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