Tripura HC Issues Notice To State Over Restraining Political Meetings In Agartala

 

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The Tripura High Court issued a notice to state government over a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition challenging the order of West Tripura District Magistrate regarding prohibition of any kind of public gathering by any political party in Agartala till November 4.

This notice was issued by Bench of Chief Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice S. G. Chattopadhyay, returnable for October 5, 2021.

According to petitioner, the order was passed in exercise of powers under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which places complete bar on holding any kind of public meetings or rallies during the period of the order.

The Advocate General had also opposed the petition on the ground of its maintainability.

Recently, the Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) postponed all its scheduled programmes, including a mega rally in Tripura, after been denied permission from High Court (HC).

The plea sought permission to organize a protest rally despite State Government’s order prohibiting all meetings, procession, public gatherings by any political party in the Sadar area till Diwali festival, 2021.

According to petitioners, the state government issued prohibitory order to restrain TMC from organizing any rally in Agartala (scheduled for September 22 and was to be addressed by TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee).