Ahead of its July 4 'fill the
jails' protest against the ruling AIADMK over alleged foisting
of cases against its leaders, opposition DMK today petitioned
the state police, demanding that no preventive arrests be made
in line with a court judgement.
DMK Legal Wing Secretary R S Bharathi submitted a memorandum to DGP K Ramanujam, detailing a 2003 Madras High Court verdict obtained by the party to stage a protest against the then AIADMK govermment.
Referring to the court judgement, issued by the first bench, he said it had directed the police against making any preventive arrests, besides laying down guidelines within the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.PC) for possible arrests.
Besides, the judgement had also said that adequate protection should be given during the protests, he said.
"Keeping in lines with the High Court judgement, I request you to give directions to the police force accordingly," Bharathi said in the memorandum.
Meanwhile, DMK chief M Karunanidhi recalled that his party had moved the court in 2003 following plans by the then
AIADMK government to allegedly make preventive arrests of his
colleagues, ahead of a protest in Chennai.
Replying to a set of questions in the party mouthpiece 'Murasoli', he said the High Court bench directed policemen against making any preventive arrests from their residential premises and that "this shall not preclude police from excercising their power under Section 151 of Cr.PC when there is an actual attempt to commit any cognizable offence in public place."