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CHANDI­GARH: The Pun­jab and Haryana high court on Wed­nes­day dis­posed of a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion (PIL) seek­ing di­rec­tion to the state to take nec­es­sary steps to main­tain law and or­der dur­ing BJP chief Amit Shah’s visit to Jind on Fe­bru­ary 15. The party’s state unit plans a bike rally of an es­ti­mated 1 lakh work­ers to wel­come him.

The pe­ti­tion was dis­posed of af­ter state’s ad­vo­cate gen­eral, BR Ma­ha­jan and ad­di­tional solic­i­tor gen­eral, Satya Pal Jain, told the court that ad­e­quate mea­sures are be­ing taken to avoid in­con­ve­nience to the gen­eral pub­lic and to main­tain law and or­der. Ma­ha­jan also said ef­forts were be­ing made to pro­vide hel­mets to par­tic­i­pants.

The high court bench of jus­tice AK Mit­tal and jus­tice AS Gre­wal too ob­served that high court can’t is­sue di­rec­tions against ral­lies and re­li­gious pro­ces­sions.

The court has passed or­ders in the re­cent past on some pe­ti­tions re­lated to Pun­jab, the HC bench said, adding, how­ever, that those di­rec­tions were is­sued where protests were to be held by farm­ers. “If there is vi­o­lence (dur­ing the rally), how will you (the BJP) win elec­tion. It is im­por­tant for them (BJP) as well to en­sure that the pub­lic at large is not harassed,” the bench ob­served.

It was on Mon­day that the Haryana govern­ment, the state BJP unit and the Union min­istry of home af­fairs (MHA) were put on no­tice on the plea filed by an NGO, Ar­rive Safe.

The pe­ti­tion was pri­mar­ily based on ap­pre­hen­sion of a face­off be­tween mem­bers of the AIJASS and BJP work­ers. Now, the AIJASS had agreed to with­draw the ag­i­ta­tion af­ter a meet­ing be­tween chief min­is­ter ML Khat­tar and other lead­ers with Jat lead­ers, in­clud­ing Yash­pal Ma­lik, in New Delhi on Sun­day.

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