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Take steps to enable people to pay respects to Mahatma: HC

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 21:55

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the City Police Commissioner to take necessary steps to enable people from all walks of life to pay their respects to Mahatma Gandhi`s statue installed at the Marina Beach here.

Disposing of a petition filed by an advocate, the First Bench, comprising acting Chief Justice Rajesh Kumar Agrawal and Justice M Sathyanarayanan, said "no doubt that the lives of VVIPs and the VIPs, who are under special category cover, are to be protected but at the same time the sentiments of the general public also are to be respected."

The petitioner R Gandhi had submitted the authorities kept away the public to allow VVIPs like the Governor and the Chief Minister to pay their respects to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his birth and death anniversaries.

He said Kalyanam, former Secretary to Mahatma Gandhi, was also pained to see the police action.


First Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 21:55

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