The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed two petitions, one challenging an order of the Kundankulam police station, denying permission for a public meeting, and the other seeking to declare the District Collector’s prohibitory order under section 144 Cr.P.C. as unconstitutional.

The petitioner, G.Sivarasaboopathy, secretary of the Human Rights Protection Centre, Tamil Nadu, Kanyakumari district, said the Kudankulam police by an order of July 25 this year rejected his request for permission for holding a public meeting at the Kudankulam East Bazaar Pillaiyar temple grounds on July 28 this year to highlight demands which included that the KKNPP should not be commissioned.

The police had said an order under Section 30 (2) of the District Police Act had been promulgated in the Valliyur sub-division.

The District Collector had also issued a prohibitory order within a seven km range of the KKNPP.

If the public meeting was allowed, there was a likelihood of law and order problem.

The petitioner also challenged the prohibitory order issued on August 11 this year.

Justice K.Chandru said in the light of a clear pronouncement of a Division Bench on the very same issue, he was bound by the Bench’s order.

He was unable to countenance the petitioner’s prayer, he said and dismissed both petitions.

Judge says he is bound by Division Bench ruling on the very same issue