Wednesday, December 21, 2011

[ZESTCaste] High Court raps RPI & cops, warns of another Ayodhya

High Court raps RPI & cops, warns of another Ayodhya

Express news service Posted online: Wed Dec 21 2011, 01:15 hrs
Mumbai : Noting that the security situation after the forcible
occupation of Indu Mills could be "one step away from anarchy", the
Bombay High Court on Tuesday severely criticised the Republican Party
of India (RPI) and the state police for allowing the incident to take

Recalling the 1993 demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, the
Bench of Justice D K Deshmukh and Justice Anoop Mohta asked the state
government if it "wants another communal situation". "We saw what
happened in Ayodhya; that one incident changed history. This could be
a repetition of the same. It has the potential," Justice Deshmukh

Earlier, RPI lawyer Sangharaj Rupawate argued that the Central and
state governments are "playing with the feelings of the people" and
are not paying due respect to Babasaheb Ambedkar. To this, the judge
said, "Don't you think you are the ones who are ignoring him? Ambedkar
was the architect of the Constitution and you are resorting to
completely unconstitutional means."

On December 15, RPI activists ransacked the premises of Indu Mills in
Dadar, demanding that the entire area should be converted into an
Ambedkar memorial. This followed a similar action on December 6, when
they barged into the mill and installed statues of Ambedkar and Lord

Following the attack, the National Textile Corporation moved the
Bombay High Court demanding that the activists should be removed from
the premises and action taken against them.

Arguing for the petitioners, Additional Solicitor General Darius
Khambata said they wrote letters to the Chief Minister and the state
police demanding action against the agitators. However, the police
asked the petitioners to take the initiative to take action in the
case, he said.

Khambata subsequently told the court that the reply reflected a "total
breakdown of law and order". The court described the incidents as
"extremely frightening" and observed, "If government property is not
safe, what will happen to private property? The authority of the state
government has been eroded by this action. The next step could be a
similar erosion of authority of courts."

The judges asked government pleader G W Mattos to explain why action
has not been taken against the occupiers and posted the matter for
hearing on Thursday.


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