Rajasthan high court bans rallies, processions in Jaipur during peak traffic hours
Rajasthan government had argued that rallies are a democratic right of the masses.
Jaipur: The Rajsthan High Court has turned down the state government’s request to allow protest rallies, processions and performances in Jaipur city from 9 am to 12 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm. However, the court has not imposed any restrictions on religious celebrations. A division bench of justices KS Jhaveri and Indrajeet Singh gave this directive on Friday on a petition filed by Dr. Kaushund Dadhich, President of the Citizen Protection Society.
The court also told the government to ensure that public does not face any inconveniences during rallies and demonstrations.
The court had issued interim orders on July 14, 2017, that there should not be a rally, protest demonstration procession on working days within the urban borders. The government had filed a petition in High Court against this order. On behalf of the government, Additional Advocate General GS Gill had said that demonstrations and rallies are a democratic right of the masses hence these shouldn’t be stopped. Therefore, the court should remove the restriction by modifying the earlier order.
In response, petitioner RB Mathur stated that common men suffer due to rallies. The court refused to lift the prohibition on demonstrations after hearing both the parties.