Allowing the RSS to carry rallies at 14 locations in Tamil Nadu in November, the Madras High Court on Monday said that its cadres must maintain ‘dress code’ (full pant) during processions and should not indulge in any unlawful activities during the rally.
The court also said the RSS cadres should not raise any slogans that will affect the sentiments of others, adding, police could impose any other condition required as per law.
RSS had moved the court after its representations to the respective police and district administrations for permission to conduct ‘route marches’ on 9 October to mark the 1,000th birth anniversary of saint-philosopher Sri Ramanuja did not evoke any response.
They also planned to hold the marches in connection with the Vijayadashami festivities and 125th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar. Police said permission cannot be granted as the state is scheduled to hold civic polls on 17 and 19 October, and the situation is volatile after the murder of a Hindu Munnani leader in Coimbatore on 22 September.
The court said RSS could take out rallies on 6 or 13 November.
Earlier, Assistant Inspector-General of police, Headquarters R Thirunavukkarasu sought dismissal of the plea, saying after the murder of Hindu Munnani activist Sasikumar in Coimbatore last month, public tranquility has been affected.
“The law enforcement machinery is completely overstretched to contain the volatile communal unrest in addition to maintaining public order in view of local body elections,” the counter affidavit said. “Police personnel have been deployed in sensitive areas work and hence the RSS request for processions cannot be considered at this stage. If permission is granted to conduct the processions under these circumstances, there is every possibility of outbreak of violence, causing grave danger to public life and property, which will lead to serious law and order situation,” it said.