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SC to lay norms, terms as 'grave' incidents of rioting, vandalism

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today termed as "grave" the rising incidents of rioting and of properties during protests across the country and said that it will not wait for the government to amend the law.

The observation came when K K told the bench headed by that riots and protests are happening almost every week in one or other part of the country and referred to recent violent incidents involving kanwariyas.

"Kanwariyas are overturning vehicles in .. When the film 'Padmavat' was to be released, one group gave open threat that it will cut the nose of the Nothing has happened. No FIR," the told the bench which also comprised justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.

referred to protests on the Maratha reservation in Maharashtra, nationwide violence following the apex court verdict in the SC/ST matter.

"Then what is your suggestion," the bench asked the top

"Fix the responsibility on the officers concerned like of Police," said and referred to an illustration and said that unauthorised constructions in have stopped after it was decided that the concerned would be held accountable for such construction in his or her area.

He then said that the government has been contemplating an amendment in the existing law to deal with such kind of protests and asked the courts to allow the legislature to change the law suitably.

"We will not wait for the amendment. This is a grave situation and this must stop," the bench said.

The bench then reserved the order on a plea filed by the filed through P V Dinesh seeking enforcement of the apex court's directions passed in 2009 in one of the verdicts to ensure peaceful protests in the country.

It asked Dinesh to also give suggestions besides the guidelines issued by the court in 2009.

The apex court, in 2007, had taken a serious note of various incidents of large scale destruction of public and private properties in the name of "agitations, bandhs and hartals" and had initiated suo motu (on its own) proceedings and had come out with guidelines on the issue in 2009.

It had considered the reports of two committees headed by former apex court K T Thomas and F S Nariman respectively.

It had said that organisers of any protest would be personally held accountable for the loss of private and public properties.

The organisers shall meet the police to review and revise the route to be taken and to lay down conditions for a peaceful march or protest, it had said.

All weapons, including knives, batons and the like shall be prohibited, it had said, adding "An undertaking is to be provided by the organisers to ensure a peaceful march with marshals at each relevant junction".

"The police and state government shall ensure videograph of such protests to the maximum extent possible," it said, adding, "the person in charge to supervise the demonstration shall be the SP (if the situation is confined to the district) and the highest in the state, where the situation stretches beyond one district".

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 19:25 IST