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COIMBATORE: Police can initiate action against organisers of the ‘Coimbatore bandh’ or any other protest in Coimbatore on Monday, if it takes place without prior permission, the Madras high court said on Friday on a petition that had sought interim injunction on the bandh, saying it was unnecessary.

Police are free to initiate action against the organisers of ‘Coimbatore bandh’ or any other protests in Coimbatore on Monday, if it takes place without prior permission, Madras high court said on Friday.

The direction was issued by a division bench comprising Justice Paresh Upadhyay and Justice D Bharatha Chakravarthy, when a public interest writ petition filed by Coimbatore-based businessman V R Vengatesh,came up for urgent hearing.

The petitioner had sought an interim injunction on the bandh, saying it was unnecessary as the car blast case had been taken over by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The counsel appearing on behalf of BJP informed the bench that the state unit of the party did not call for the bandh and that the announcement was made by the district-level office-bearers. Even the district-level functionaries have not clarified what kind of protest it would be, but the state unit did not acknowledge their call, the counsel clarified.

Since the state government did not seek any interim injunction, the bench instructed police to initiate action if any protest takes place as announced. It posted the matter for next hearing on November 1.

In his PIL, Vengatesh stated that the bandh called by BJP in connection with the car blast was unnecessary as the state police had arrested six suspects and had decided to form a separate wing to prevent such incidents.





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