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“I have not given any bandh call on October 31” Annamalai to Madras HC

- October 28, 2022

Chennai ,Oct 28 (BPNS)

Tamil Nadu BJP state president, K. Annamalai on Friday told the Madras High Court that he had not given any call for a bandh on October 31 in Coimbatore.

R.C. Paul Kanagaraj, advocate of K. Annamalai while appearing before the division bench of the Madras High court comprising of Justices Paresh Upadhyay and D. Bharath Chakravarthy said that the party was yet to decide on the form of protest.

While responding to a public interest litigation petition filed against the statements made with respect to the bandh, he said that the issue was premature and the party was yet to take a decision.

The court observed that it would wait and watch the form of protests the party will be carrying out on October 31 and adjourned the hearing of the PIL to November 1.

The division bench of the Madras High Court told Additional Advocate General J. Ravindran that it would be the duty of the state to maintain the law and order situation.

A Coimbatore-based businessman, Vengadesh had filed a PIL and informed the court that the BJP leaders had called the bandh to condemn the state government for its alleged negligence in investigating the October 23 car blast in Coimbatore.

The petitioner also said that the state police had arrested six individuals in connection with the blast case and that the state had recommended the case to be investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The petitioner contended that even after all such measures were taken the BJP leaders were pressuring the traders and businesspeople to down their shutters on October 31 in solidarity with the bandh call.