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Critical incidents of protesting during protests will not wait for the government to amend the law: SC

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10th Aug : News Express 24 :-

The Supreme Court said that during the protests in various parts of the country, the destruction of private and public property was “very serious” saying that it will not wait for the government to amend the law. A division bench of Chief Justice Deepak Mishra, Justice AM Khanvilkar and Justice Dhananjay Y Chandrachud said that instructions will be issued in this case.

Attorney General K. Venugopal said to the bench that in case of such subversion and rioting incidents, accountability of the officers of the area like the Superintendent of Police should be determined. He said that violent protests and riots are happening in almost every week in some part of the country. He specifically mentioned the violence in the country after the verdict of the apex court in the ST-SC case and the violent incidents of violations of the recent Kannwadis, in protest against the Maratha reservation in Maharashtra.

The Attorney General said that when the film was about to appear in Padmavat, a group threatened to openly open the nose of the lead actress but nothing happened. No FIR was lodged. The bench asked Venugopal, then what is your suggestion about this?

The Attorney General said that the responsibility of the concerned officers should be determined. He said that unauthorized construction was stopped in Delhi only when the decision was taken that the responsibility for the construction of this kind would be the accountability of officials of Delhi Development Authority of the area.

Venugopal said that the government is considering amending the law to deal with such protests and the courts should allow it to make changes in the appropriate law. On this, the bench commented, we will not wait for the amendment. This is a serious situation and it should be closed.

The bench then passed the hearing on the petition filed by the Kodungallur Film Society and said that he would send a detailed order on it. The petition has been requested to implement the instructions given in the 2009 High Court verdict.

In this decision, the court had said that in the event of losses to private and public property during the protests that will be held on different issues, the organizers will be personally responsible for it. The bench also ordered the videography of such protests to determine the accountability.

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