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HC allows SAD to hold 'Pol Khol' rally tomorrow

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The and Saturday granted permission to the (SAD) to hold a rally at tomorrow.

Besides, the single bench of Justice R K Jain also directed the government to provide adequate security to avoid any untoward incident in the wake of the rally.

The directions came after opposition party Friday moved the high court, seeking directions to the concerned authorities to grant permission for holding a rally.

"The court granted us the permission to hold the rally and also directed the to make adequate security arrangements for maintaining law and order," said Damanbir Singh Sodhi, for

The petitioner and former said, "The court also put a stay on the order of the SDM who denied the permission to hold the rally."

The court also issued a notice of motion for September 17 to seek a reply of the

The petitioner said it was the right to freedom of speech and expression and they be allowed to hold assembly of people for a peaceful rally.

On Friday, the district administration of had denied Akali Dal to hold a 'Pol Khol' rally, citing apprehension of violence.

The police had apprehended that there could be violence between Akali workers and radical Sikhs protesting at Bargari about 40 km from the venue.

Earlier also on September 5, a clash took place between Akali workers and radical Sikhs in Faridkot.

On Friday, former and his son Chief had described as "broad daylight murder of democracy" the government decision to ban the proposed 'Pol Khol' rally.

Underfire over incidents of sacrilege during the previous regime, the has planned to launch a counter offensive against the government, which through the report, has blamed of ordering the use of force on those protesting against the incidents of sacrilege at Behbal Kalan in October 2015.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, September 15 2018. 14:15 IST