HC refuses to stay Tipu Jayanthi in Karnataka

Karnataka high court refuses to stay commemoration of Tipu Jayanti

Karnataka high court refuses to stay commemoration of Tipu Jayanti

In the light of Tipu Jayanti celebrations, the district administration has clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code from 6 a.m. on November 8 to 6 a.m. on November 11 barring those places where government programmes would be held.

Last month, Union minister Anantkumar Hegde had conveyed to the Karnataka government not to invite him to the "shameful" event of Tipu Sultan Jayanti on November 10.

However, the government offices where the Tipu Jayanti events have been scheduled will be an exception for the orders.

Earlier, the counsel for the petitioner had referred to the communal tension during celebrations of Tipu Jayanti a year ago in Kodagu. Detractors of the celebration argue that Tipu was a tyrant and a murderer, and hence should not be celebrated in festivities sponsored by the government. This year too, the court cited the same reason and disposed of the petition.

This was also one of the major points made in the current petition, said Manjunath. "No one has asked this before", he said. He said the last year's celebrations resulted in violent protests in Kodagu district and other parts of the state and created law and order problems.

During the hearing, the advocate general submitted that the petitioner need not tell the state, the measures to be taken by it, to maintain law and order.

A plea was filed in the Karnataka High Court seeking a stay on the celebrations of the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have also been issued in Udupi district from November 8 to November 11, while Kalaburgi police has chose to prohibit non-governmental public rallies on the day.

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