Supreme Court Allows RSS Route Marches In Tamil Nadu; Dismisses State Government's Appeal
A Supreme Court bench of Justices V Ramasubramanian and Pankaj Mittal has dismissed the appeal of the Tamil Nadu government against a judgement of the Division Bench of the Madras High Court which allowed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to conduct its route marches.
The state government had cited law and order issues and threats from organisations like the now-banned Popular Front of India (PFI) to appeal against the order of the Division Bench.
Advocate Mahesh Jethmalani, who appeared for the RSS argued that peaceful marches of an organisation should not be stopped due to threats and it was the state’s responsibility to ensure law and order. He added that the PFI is already banned.
While allowing the marches, the Division Bench had said that conducting peaceful public processions is a part of the ‘freedom of speech.’
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