Call for ‘Bengaluru Bandh’ on Feb 4 against SC orders says HC, bandh called off

Prime Newes, State, (Bengaluru), February 3:-In a strong observation two days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public rally in the city on February 4, the Karnataka High Court on Friday observed that any call for a bandh will be against the earlier Supreme Court order.

The observation by the Division Bench headed by acting Chief Justice H G Ramesh and Justice P S Dinesh Kumar was made after the bench took up a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against the bandh call given by pro-kannada Organizations.

The ‘Bengaluru Bandh’ on Sunday is called by Pro-Kannada organisations and farmer’s group to protest the delay in resolving Mahadayi river water sharing row between Karnataka and Goa.

The pro-Kannada groups demanding the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end the Mahadayi crisis.

The bench cited the Supreme Court order that, any peaceful protest by individuals or organizations in a democratic country like India was allowed, it should not affect the lives of others or cause financial losses.

The bench issued a notice to the Karnataka government to ensure that public life is not affected during the February 4 protest and the Apex Court order is not violated.

The proposed Bengaluru bandh by pro Kannada groups has been called off after Karnataka High Court verdict terming it as unconstitutional.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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