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HC dismisses petition on protests in Delhi

The Delhi High Court today dismissed a petition that accused the government and its agencies of adopting a pick-and-choose policy in allowing dharnas and protests in the heart of Delhi including the on-going fast at Ramlila ground by Anna Hazare.

delhi Updated: Aug 24, 2011 21:17 IST
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The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition that accused the government and its agencies of adopting a pick-and-choose policy in allowing dharnas and protests in the heart of Delhi including the on-going fast at Ramlila ground by Anna Hazare.

The PIL had sought a direction for demarcation of a place on the outskirt of the national capital for holding such protests and rallies to maintain hassle-free traffic in the metropolis.

The High Court which said the petition was unclear about the relief sought.

"The pleadings, assertions, asseverations and the prayer sought in a writ petition, especially in a public interest litigation has to be clear, manifest, purposefully demonstrable and luculent making out a case that is relevant to public interest," a bench of chief justice Dipak Misra and justice Sanjiv Khanna said.

It said "the petitioner, who has preferred this public interest litigation, is embedded to play with words and usher in a sense of contradiction, irreconcilability and dichotomy. One may, in a different sphere of life, pronounce with heroics that he contradicts himself every moment and, therefore, he grows but, a significant one, the same has no allowance in the field of law."

"On one hand, a collective grievance is agitated keeping in view the basic conception enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution of India and on the other hand, the inequality shown to various groups to carry out demonstrations under the anvil of Article 14 of the Constitution of India has been pyramided," the bench said.

First Published: Aug 24, 2011 21:14 IST