The Madras High Court on Friday granted the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) authorization to hold a route march on November 6 in forty-four locations in Tamil Nadu, out of the fifty locations for which permission was sought.
Justice GK Ilanthiraiyan stated that he had reviewed the sealed cover intelligence report presented by the Tamil Nadu police on Thursday and determined that, other from a few isolated incidents of disruption of law and order, there were no evident security dangers in the State.
The TN police had previously denied the RSS permission to hold such a march on October 2, claiming peace and order issues as a result of the ban on the Popular Front of India. The State had stated on Thursday that clearance could only be granted in three of the 50 locations due to the security dangers posed by the Coimbatore car blast and the state’s current heavy weather circumstances.
The Court has now allowed the RSS to hold the route march, which will be led by a musical procession, and public gatherings in all of the locations it had requested, with the exception of Nagercoil, Coimbatore city, Pollachi, Tirupur, Palladam, and Arumani. The Court stated that it only discovered “some material” in the six locations listed above.
While the State Public Prosecutor claimed that the state’s law and order situation remained “critical,” the court stated it saw “nothing” in the intelligence assessment to support that claim.
It also gave RSS the authority to approach the State Police with a new representation after two months to hold the event at the six locations listed above. The court ordered the State Police to instruct all officers not to “precipitate the matter” and to make appropriate security precautions.