Published on: April 26, 2022 at 16:26 IST
The Supreme Court questioned the Uttarakhand Government over a proposed Dharam Sansad in Roorkee and sought an Affidavit from the State’s Chief Secretary on the Preventive Measures being taken for the same.
A Bench presided by Justice A M Khanwilkar along with Justice Abhay S Oka and Justice C T Ravikumar said, “You only have to only follow the guidelines already in place. Are you following it or not, that is what you have to answer us”.
“And in spite of it, if it is happening, you have to take Corrective Measures,” it stated.
The State said it had taken Preventive Measures and carried out an Investigation when similar incidents happened in the past. “No, not only investigation. You have to stop this activity,” Justice Khanwilkar told the Counsel.
The Court also took up a Plea against a Dharam Sansad held in Himachal Pradesh.
The Counsel for Himachal Pradesh said the state had issued a Notice under the Police Act to prevent such problems. Subsequent to a representation being received, it had also acted, the state explained.
Justice Khanwilkar then said, “These events do not occur suddenly, overnight. They are announced well in advance. Local Police must go into action immediately to ensure that nothing untoward happens. And whether those steps have been taken, you explain that.”