Justice Anu Sivaraman also asked the protesters not to take the law into their hands and warned that the court would be forced to take strict measures if the protests affect the law and order in the project area. The court told the counsels representing the protesters that the obstructions created on the road to the project site must be removed.
The court is considering a contempt case filed by Adani Vizhinjam Port Pvt Ltd (AVPL) alleging that the state government is not implementing the court’s order for providing police protection to carry on the work.
AVPL’s counsel informed the court about the lawlessness that prevailed at the project area on Thursday and submitted that the protesters had entered the project area and created trouble.
The counsel said the protest turned violent and narrated the incidents, including the setting of a boat on fire. Around 500 boats had illegally entered the project area but neither the government nor the police was willing to implement the protection order, the court was told.
Even though the court had ordered for removal of the shed of the protesters on the way to the project site, it has not been complied with, AVPL’s counsel informed.
After this, the court said the protesters also have the responsibility to implement the court’s orders and said the obstructions have to be removed. While the court cannot say that protests are not allowed, it should not be by taking the law into own hands or by posing a threat to the law and order of the area, the bench said. The court’s orders regarding ensuring the entry and exit of workers and vehicles to the port site should be strictly implemented, the court directed.
In an interim order issued on Friday, the court recorded that the counsel for the protesters submitted that attempts will be made to see that the orders of the court are complied with fully in letter and spirit. The court will consider the case again on Monday.