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Plea seeking President’s rule in Tamil Nadu dismissed
The Madras High Court in a recent order dismissed a public interest litigation seeking to invoke President’s rule in Tamil Nadu and to take charge of the Home Department of the State, including the State intelligence machinery.
The petitioner Traffic Ramaswamy had moved the plea referring to various instances, including the pollution because of Sterlite Industry in Thoothukudi and the subsequent police firing resulting in the death of 15 persons. Recovery of monies from ministers, non-filing of charge sheet for more than 15 months by the Election Commission of India despite the FIR being filed, gross violations in hoisting digital and flex banners and so on.
He had also referred to the acquisition of lands for constructing eight-lane roadway from Salem to Chennai. Further, he had also stated that there are crimes against children and many police officers are guilty of many accusations.
However, the bench comprising Justice Huluvadi Ramesh and Justice SS Sundar on noting that it is seen that certain incidents have been referred based on reports in the newspapers said, “There are no serious instances of any unwarranted situation to impose emergency, much less State emergency. One person may feel that there is law and order problems and for some other, it is not so. It depends upon the individual’s perception.”
“On the whole, on a perusal of the affidavit, we feel that this writ petition has been filed only for publicity purpose and not for anything else. We are not agreeing with the contentions raised by the petitioner that a law and order situation had risen for imposing emergency. The prayer sought for by the petitioner is unwarranted,” the bench added before dismissing the petition.