HC fiat to Police Commissioner on rallies, processions in city

The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday directed the city Police Commissioner to issue a direction to all the police officials to ensure strict compliance of the Licensing and Controlling of Assemblies and Processions (Bangalore city) Order, 2008, which was notified way back in 2009 for regulating rallies, assemblies, and processions in public places.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Mahammad Nawaz also directed the State government to give publicity to these regulations in newspapers of Kannada and English languages having wide circulation. in the city for creating awareness.

The Bench issued the direction while disposing of a PIL petition, filed by city-based advocate A.V. Amaranathan, complaining that the police had not notified the draft Controlling Order of 2008 though an undertaking was given to the court in an earlier PIL proceeding in April 2011 that the final notification would be issued within three months. From the records produced before the court on Tuesday, the Bench noticed that the regulations were notified way back in May 2009 but an officer, who had given instruction to government counsel during an earlier PIL in 2011, was not even aware of the fact that the Controlling Order was notified two years ago and it was in force when the PIL was heard in 2011.

As Mr. Amaranathan pointed out that a large number of “uncontrolled” protesters had created traffic jam around Vidhana Soudha on June 25 despite the police now claiming that permission was given to hold protest only in front of Town Hall, the Bench said if the claim of traffic jam around the Vidhana Soudha is true as reported in newspaper, then the State government and the city police had not implemented the Controlling Order of 2008 effectively.

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