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Kochi, September 27: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) which called on the state government and the police to ensure that the Congress party’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ does not create traffic jams taking control of the whole road.
A bench of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly dismissed the PIL after the Kerala government said the march was peaceful and action had been taken in case of illegal activity.
In light of the state’s submissions, the court said the petitioner, an attorney, was unable to prove his allegation that the march was causing traffic jams.
The state also told the judiciary that the police instructed the organizers of the yatra to ensure that it is carried out peacefully.
The plea, by lawyer Vijayan K, was aimed at ensuring that the yatra, led by Congress leader and MP Wayanad Rahul Gandhi, only takes up half the road and leaves the rest to the free movement of vehicles.
In addition to regulating the march, which started from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu on September 7 and intends to cover 3,570 km in 150 days to reach Kashmir, the PIL had also requested instructions to recover from Congress the expenses incurred in the deployment of the huge police force. along the yatra road.
It also constituted as parties Congress, Rahul Gandhi, KPCC Chairman K Sudhakaran and State Assembly Opposition Leader VD Satheesan.
He had alleged that the three congressional leaders “had no respect for the law enacted by the central and state governments and the law established by the court”.