SC says proposed tractor rally on Republic Day ‘law and order’ matter, leaves decision on permission to Delhi Police

The apex court was hearing the Centre’s application which said any proposed march which seeks to disrupt the 26 January celebrations will cause an 'embarrassment to the nation'

Press Trust of India January 18, 2021 12:54:58 IST
SC says proposed tractor rally on Republic Day ‘law and order’ matter, leaves decision on permission to Delhi Police

File image of the Supreme Court of India. PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday told the Centre that the proposed tractor rally by farmers on the Republic Day on 26 January is a matter of “law and order” and Delhi Police is the first authority to decide who should be allowed to enter the national capital.

A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde, while hearing the Centre’s application seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor or trolley march or any other kind of protest which seeks to disrupt the gathering and celebrations of the Republic Day, said that police has all the authority to deal with the matter.

“Does the Supreme Court will say as to what are the powers of police and how they will exercise them? We are not going to tell you what to do,” said the bench, also comprising Justices LN Rao and Vineet Saran.

The apex court told Attorney General KK Venugopal that it will take up the matter for further hearing on 20 January.

“The question of entering into Delhi is a law and order matter and will be determined by the police,” the bench said, adding, “Mr Attorney General, we are adjourning the matter and you have all the authority to deal with this matter.”

The Centre, in an application filed through Delhi Police, has said that any proposed march or protest which seeks to disrupt and disturb the Republic Day celebrations will cause an “embarrassment to the nation”.

The top court had on 12 January agreed to hear the application.

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