SC gives nod for RSS march; T.N. to notify route by November 15

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to take out its march through various districts of Tamil Nadu, but gave the state government the discretion to decide the route to be followed after the police department had cited potential law and order situation for denying permission.

With the state agreeing to allow the rally either on November 19 or 26, the two dates proposed by RSS, a bench of justices Surya Kant and Dipankar Dutta directed the RSS to submit its proposed route within three days to the state government.

Once this is done by November 9, the Court directed the state to decide on their proposal by November 15.

Appearing for Tamil Nadu, senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Mukul Rohatgi along with additional advocate general Amit Anand Tiwari, told the Court that the route proposed earlier was not feasible as there are several mosques on the way.

Sibal said that the dates earlier proposed was on October 22 and 29 which coincided with celebrations by the Muslim community.

“We don’t want clashes to happen. Any other dates we are willing to give them,” Sibal said. Rohatgi supplemented by saying, “You cannot expect to go through Jama Masjid. It will create that kind of a (lad and order) situation.”