Monday, March 28, 2011

HC notice to state, Centre on politicians taking part in agitations

Jaipur: The Rajasthan High Court on Monday issued notices to the state and Central governments asking them as to why action shall not be initiated against public representatives taking part in agitations like the recent ones by Jat and Gujjar communities.

The court has asked the governments to explain within a week on the issue of blocking rail and road public transportation during agitations. It also sought explanation as to why elected representatives participating or supporting any such violent agitations for blocking rail and road network be not booked for waging war against the country, treason and detained indefinitely under provisions of National Security Act.

Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari of Jaipur bench issued the notices to Union home secretary, chairman, Railway Board, chief secretary and DGP, Rajasthan and general manager, North Western Railway on the issue of ‘rail roko andolan’ held recently during the Jat agitation in UP and Haryana as well as the Gujjar agitation that crippled train and road transportation for many days.

The court passed the order on a writ petition field by one Kashi Purohit. “We brought to the notice of the court that Rajasthan being a state having international border, is required to have great significance from defence point of view and agitations like ‘rail roko’ or ‘road roko’ put a national threat to the country. Even elected representatives, chief ministers, MPs and MLAs support such agitations, and as such they need to be booked for waging war against the country, treason and need to be detained under National Security Act,” said Abhinav Sharma, counsel for the petitioner.

It has further been prayed in the petition that any criminal case once registered against any person found involved in such agitation should not be dropped.

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