Bandh: Court notice to state, Kannada outfit

Petitioner seeks directions to Vatal party to deposit Rs 500 crore to pay for damages.

Published: 30th January 2018 02:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th January 2018 04:19 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: In response to a public interest litigation asking the court to declare bandhs or strikes as unconstitutional since it violates the fundamental rights of citizens, the Karnataka High Court on Monday ordered emergent notices to the chief secretary and the Kannada Chalavali Vatal Party. The petitioner wanted court to order an enquiry into damages caused by bandh and to ask organisers to place a deposit to cover damages that could be caused to exchequer.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice HG Ramesh and Justice PS Dinesh Kumar issued notices to them after hearing the petition filed by the Shraddha Parents’ Association.The petitioner requested the court to direct the chief secretary to ascertain the damages caused due to the bandh on January 25 and the proposed Bengaluru bandh on February 4 over Mahadayi water dispute, and to direct the president of Kannada Chalavali Vatal Party to deposit ` 500 crore as security to pay for damages caused to the state exchequer and for relief to persons affected by the bandh. 

The petitioner also asked the court to direct the government to take appropriate preventive measures restraining the Kannada Chalavali Vatal Party or any other persons from calling a bandh or a strike. 
In spite of guidelines issued by Supreme Court in a case of Destruction of Public and Private Properties Vs Andhra Pradesh and others, the petitioner said, all political parties and pro-activist groups continue to call for bandhs. 
The only solution, the petitioner said, is to declare bandhs as illegal.   

BANDH/STRIKE IMPACT AS CLAIMED BY PETITIONER
Revenue loss for state/centre as transport system comes to a standstill 
Studies affected as schools shut down
Daily labourers and workers lose wages. 
Patients are kept from hospitals
Pregnant women and critical patients are most affected. 
Tourism and small-scale industries are affected 
People’s lives 
are at risk as bandhs often turn violent
 

Stay up to date on all the latest Bengaluru news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp