RSS rally: HC asks TN police to respond before 19 January

The Madras High Court on Thursday directed the State police to file their response within January 19 in an appeal preferred by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) office bearers to conduct processions on the public roads across the State on January 29.

A division bench of Justice R Mahadevan and Justice J Satya Narayana Prasad passed the direction as the Additional Public Prosecutor E Raj Thilak sought time to file the response.

The APP was pointing out that while the appeal was pending before the HC, the RSS made a fresh representation to the police to grant permission to conduct the procession on January 29.

Recording the submissions, the judges expressed dissatisfaction against the organisation asking how they could make a fresh representation while the court has been hearing an appeal filed by RSS and no decision has been made on the petition.

The court also wanted the APP to clarify whether such a decision of rejecting permission to conduct rallies has been made in the cases of other political parties and organizations.