PILs in HCs to declare Hazare`s fast as ‘illegal’

On the eve of Anna Hazare`s fast, two separate PIL petitions were moved before the Bombay High Court and the Karnataka High Court.

Mumbai/Bangalore: On the eve of Anna
Hazare`s fast in Mumbai, two separate PIL petitions were moved
before the Bombay High Court and the Karnataka High Court
today with a plea to declare the Gandhian`s protest action as
"illegal and unconstitutional".

The petition filed by Mangaleshwar Tripathi, a social
worker, also sought Bombay High Court`s direction to Hazare
and his supporters to ensure they do not break law and order
and to restrain them from turning the agitation into a
political matter. Hazare is undertaking a three-day fast to
protest against a "weak" Lokpal Bill that is before Lok Sabha.
"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.

It also sought directions to 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.

In his PIL before the Karnataka High Court, advocate A V
Amarnathan pleaded that Hazare`s protest be restrained as it
amounted to `a criminal conspiracy and offence against public
tranquility.`

He contended that Hazare was making `nuisance` by
mobilising public for `an illegal and unconstitutional` fast.

PTI

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