HC nod to DMK protest with conditions; CM says AIADMK not against minorities

The Madras High Court has passed an interim order for an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) rally of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) scheduled for today to be videographed using drones. This comes despite the Chennai Police not giving its permission to the DMK to hold the rally in Chennai.

The Madras High Court on Sunday dismissed public interest litigation, which sought to stall the DMK-led agitation to be held on Monday against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

At a special sitting at 9.20 pm, Sunday, a bench comprising justices S Vaidyanathan and PT Asha heard the urgent petition, moved with permission from Chief Justice AP Sahi.  

The Madras High Court in a late-night hearing gave permission to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) to hold an anti-CAA rally in Chennai on Monday.  DMK president MK Stalin addressed this decision by the Supreme Court to allow the party to hold a rally calling it a ‘victory’.

The court said that protests cannot be stopped in a democratic country but “there should not be violence”. The court also stated that the political parties must follow rules during the protests. The Madras High Court judges also asked the government pleader “why cannot the rally be videographed using drones?”

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami
on Sunday night assured that the AIADMK government is committed and will always support the minority community on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

His statement comes on the backdrop of protests against the CAA row and would protect the interests of the MBCs and OBCs. He said as announced earlier, none would be affected by the CAA.