Muslim bodies defy court order, march towards Secretariat in Chennai

Anti-CAA protesters, majority of them Muslims, held a massive protest against the amended Citizenship Act at Chepauk in Chennai and marched towards the State Secretariat today, defying a Madras High Court order.

The protest call was given by a collective of Muslim outfits. Agitators carrying placards against CAA, NRC and NPR, besides the Indian flag, converged at Chepauk as part of their original plan to lay seige to the Tamil Nadu Assembly, located inside the state Secretariat, and raised slogans against the amended law.

The Madras High Court restrained Muslim outfits from going ahead with its proposed agitation to lay siege to the Tamil Nadu assembly pressing their demand for a House resolution against CAA, NRC and NPR.

The Madras high court order restrained “any political or Muslim organisation” from going ahead with the procession. The protesters have threatened to lay siege to the assembly building demanding that the house pass a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.
Making it clear that it is not expressing any opinion on CAA, NRC or NPR, the high court on Tuesday passed an interim order disallowing the rally.

State additional advocate general S.R. Rajagopoal told the court that any application seeking police permission for protest should be made five days prior, but in this case, the federation had moved the police only on Monday for the agitation proposed on Wednesday.

Thameem Ansari, MLA of Manithaneya Jananayaga Katchi, said the court order did not restrict the federation from taking out the procession. In fact, they did not seek permission for the same.