Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday, posted
the hearing on a PIL, seeking social activist Anna Hazare`s
fast to be declared as "illegal" till tomorrow, saying
agitation is the right of every citizen and the persons
staging a protest are well aware of the consequences of
breaking the law.
"Agitation is the right of every citizen," a vacation
bench of Justices Girish Godbole and M L Tahalayani observed
while hearing the PIL filed by a social worker Mangleshwar
Tripathi, seeking the fast being observed by the 74-year-old
Gandhian at MMRDA Ground here be declared as "illegal and
Tripathi`s lawyer told the court that Hazare`s methods of
observing fast and holding `Jail Bharo Aandolan` are illegal
and the anti-graft crusader is exerting undue pressure on the
The lawyer also pointed out that Hazare is unwell and
should not be fasting.
"Let Hazare bother about his health," the court said,
adding Hazare and his supporters are aware of the consequences
of breaking the law.
The court also questioned the delay on part of the
petitioner in filing the PIL. "The agitation was declared long
back. Why are you opposing it now when the fast has begun?"
the bench said while posting the matter for hearing tomorrow.
The petition also seeks court`s direction to Hazare and
his supporters to ensure that they do not break any law and to
restrain them from turning the agitation into a political
issue. 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.