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SC issues guidelines to deter vandalism in name of protest

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The on Monday issued guidelines to deter acts of and carried out in the name of public protests.

The passed the ruling while hearing a plea filed by Kodungallur Film Society, which had sought framing of guidelines in this regard.

The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in this regard was filed at the time of release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmaavat, when Rajput groups, including the Karni Sena, had launched nationwide protests and resorted to vandalism, alleging that the Ranveer Singh, Dipika Padukone-starrer showed in bad light .

Earlier, a bench headed by Dipak Misra, also comprising Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud had termed the incidents of of private and public properties by various groups during protests across the country as "grave".

The top court had observed that it will issue detailed guidelines for curbing such acts carried out by mobs in the name of protests.

KK Venugopal had lashed out at the police for failing to take stringent action against those who caused loss by destroying private and public property.

"Responsibility should be fixed on authorities like the of Police of the area, in cases of and rioting," Venugopal had told the court.

The approached the court seeking implementation of the guidelines framed by the top court in 2009 in one of its judgements.

In the 2009 judgement, the top court had issued a slew of directions, and ordered that organisers of any protests shall be personally held accountable for the loss of private and public property in the protest.

Police authorities were asked to videograph such protests so that accountability could be fixed.

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First Published: Mon, October 01 2018. 11:55 IST