The Madras High Court on Friday ordered notice to the city police chief on a petition filed by association of kite makers and those preparing thread for kite flying seeking to restrain the police from interfering with the sport and thread preparation business.
Issuing the notice, Justice K Suguna posted the petition filed by the association for hearing on November five.
The petitioner also sought an interim injunction restraining city police taking any penal action against kite fliers and kite and thread sellers pending disposal of the petition.
Contending that members of the association numbering over 300, were engaged in the business for about four decades, the association president B Srinivasalu said it was a sport and hobby for people from all walks of life.
The petitioner argued that kite flying festivals are held in many states like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. Also, International kite flying competitions are being organised regularly.
The petitioner contended that following one or two accidents this year due to kite flying, city police had issued statements to the print and visual media prohibiting kite flying in the city and invoking provisions under the IPC for accidents due to it.
About 300 families were engaged in kite making and 200 families depended on kite thread preparation for their livelihood, the petitioner pointed out.