STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Man booked in Kudankulam stir let off as right to protest recognised

In Kencian’s case, the judge noted that he was booked in several cases for his alleged involvement in protests against KKNPP in 2012 and 2013.

Published: 31st August 2021 05:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st August 2021 05:27 AM   |  A+A-

Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (File | PTI)

By Express News Service

MADURAI: Recognising a person’s right to protest to express their grievance over a particular issue, the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court recently quashed the criminal proceedings initiated against a man for protesting against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) in 2012 and 2013.

As long as there is no violence or criminal activity, spontaneous crowding, slogan raising, and outburst should not be visited with criminal liability, Justice G Ilangovan said, while hearing a batch of petitions filed by the man, Ariharan Kencian.

Justice Ilangovan referred to an order passed by the Supreme Court in a related case in 2013, wherein the court advised the State government to withdraw the cases registered against Kudankulam protestors. Steps should be taken to educate the people of the necessity of the plant, which was in the larger interest of the nation, particularly for Tamil Nadu, it had said. But, till now, no effort has been taken by the State government to withdraw the cases, Justice Ilangovan observed.

In Kencian’s case, the judge noted that he was booked in several cases for his alleged involvement in protests against KKNPP in 2012 and 2013. In all the cases, only peaceful protests had been held, the judge noted and quashed the proceedings against Kencian.

Police claim under lens 
Even according to the police, a large number of people – 700 in one and 950 in another – participated in the protests, the judge pointed out and wondered as to how the police managed to identify the petitioner. Withdrawing the cases registered against Kudankulam protestors has been a long-standing demand among the people of the locality. Early this year, People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy Coordinator S P Udayakumar had petitioned the then chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to drop the charges, citing that many youth were unable to get passports or secure a job due to the criminal cases. 



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.

edexworks
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp