HC ‘no’ to ban protests over Cauvery issue

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Apr 2018 08:58:40



Agitations and protest demonstrations continue for the fourth successive day in TN

MADRAS High Court Madurai Bench has refused to ban the protests being staged by ruling and Opposition political parties in Tamil Nadu over the delay in setting up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) by the Centre.

A division bench comprising Justices C T Selvam and A M Basheer Ahamed observed that the court cannot interfere in the issue and declined to take suo motu action, while hearing a petition on Wednesday filed by a social activist K K Ramesh, who sought the court intervention to ban the protests as the agitations were affecting normal life.

The petitioner claimed that the protests by political parties, traders federations and farmers associations in the state were causing much inconvenience to the public, besides affecting the students.

Meanwhile, agitations and protest demonstrations continued in Tamil Nadu for the fourth successive day on Wednesday in a bid to mount pressure on the Centre to set up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee (CWRC),The Opposition DMK, which has called for a state-wide bandh on Thursday, continued to stage rail and roko agitations across the state, leading to the arrest of scores of its party cadres across the state. In Chennai, DMK MLAs B Ranganathan, M Subramanian and hundreds of DMK members were arrested for staging a road roko agitation.