PIL filed for declaring Anna’s fast as "illegal"

Last Updated: Monday, December 26, 2011 - 19:46

Mumbai: On the eve of Anna Hazare`s fast
against the "weak" Lokpal Bill tabled by the government in
Parliament, a PIL was on Monday filed in the Bombay High Court
seeking it to be declared as "illegal and unconstitutional".

The petition filed by Mangaleshwar Tripathi, a social
worker, also seeks court`s direction to Hazare and his
supporters to ensure that they do not break any law and
restrain them from turning the agitation into a political
matter.

"Hazare through such fasts and `Jail Bharo aandolans`
is exerting undue pressure on the government. The Lokpal bill
is currently under debate and such actions of Hazare are
highly unconstitutional and subversive to the principle of
democracy," the petition states.

The petition also seeks for Hazare to be restrained
from making any statement against any political party.

"If such actions are allowed and encouraged then it
would tear the democracy of our country and will lead to
complete chaos and anarchy. It is highly wrong if a group of
persons who have no electoral mandate are allowed to force the
government and elected representatives to accept their version
of a law," the petition claims.

Tripathi, who is the president of a social outfit
"Uttar Bhartiya Vikas Parishad", said he would mention the
matter before the vacation judge tomorrow.

PTI



First Published: Monday, December 26, 2011 - 19:46

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