SC: Every Citizen Of This Country Has A Fundamental Right To Peacefully Protest And Demonstrate. Grants Permission For Protest In Tamil Nadu Against NEET

The petition was brought to the attention of the bench of the Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and Justices D.Y.Chandrachud and A.M.Khanwilkar, by the  petitioner, G.S.Mani, an advocate practicing in the Supreme Court,  that political parties and sections of public are planning illegal strikes, road blocking, rail roko etc against the NEET examination, because of the Supreme Court’s judgment upholding it. G.S. Mani was the Petitioner and Government Of Tamil Nadu  was the  Respondent.


In this writ petition preferred under Article 32 of the Constitution of India, the petitioner has prayed for issuing a command to the State of Tamil Nadu to ensure maintenance of law and order in the State in the background of protests and strikes including road and rail block agitations over the NEET examination and further not to permit political parties and public to conduct illegal strike/boycott/human chain/road blocking/rail roko or any other mode of strike against the NEET examination because of the judgment delivered by the Supreme Court.


Mr. Mani said that the State has the obligation to maintain law and order so as to obviate any situation that gives rise to law and order problems in protest against a judgment of this Court.


The court said it is directed that it shall be the obligation of the Chief Secretary, Government of Tamil Nadu, and the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Home, Government of Tamil Nadu to ensure that law and order is maintained throughout the State in the wake of the present situation in respect of the NEET examination.

Further , Every citizen of this country has a fundamental right to peacefully protest and demonstrate , but not to cause a situation that results in violence and

paralyzes the law and order situation.

The matter is listed for September 18.


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