‘Makkal Athikaram’, a social organization, has been permitted by the Madras High Court to conduct a public conference called “Withdraw the Citizenship Amendment Act-National Register of Citizens-National Population Register, which destroy the Secularism and Basic Structure of the Constitution of India” on February 23rd 2020, at the Thenur Ulavar Santhai Corporation Ground, Trichy.
When the state authorities refused to give him permission to hold the said conference, citing law and order situation, L.Cheziyan, the Petitioner, approached the high court which, quashing the state’s order, granted permission for the public conference.
It was argued by the state authorities that such permissions were misused by the Petitioner’s organization, on previous occasions, posing threat to public order. The state also held that the organization will display cartoons and caricatures during the conference which will affect the religious sentiments of other religious groups.
Justice AD Jagadish Chandira granted the permission subject to certain conditions. This was to ensure that no law and order problem arose in the course of the meeting.
Few of the important conditions laid down by the court are as follows: