No stay order for hartal in Kerala, HC says freedom of movement should not be restricted
Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Monday has refused to oppose the hartal in Kerala on Monday that was announced by LDF and UDF in support of the nationwide farmers' protest. Considering a plea that demanded to declare the hartal as illegal, the court stated that those who do not want to co-operate with the hartal should be provided with adequate protection if they want to go to work.
A bench comprising Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly dismissed the plea filed by a Sasthamkotta native after the state government said it will ensure that no untoward incidents will occur due to the strike.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, spearheading the anti-farm agitation has announced "Bharat Bandh" on September 27 aiming at further strengthening and expanding the farmers'' agitation which began in November last year and the LDF in Kerala will observe a state-wide hartal on the same day in solidarity with it.
It was in this context, that the petition moved in the High Court. The petitioner sought to declare the hartal illegal and demanded to issue a stay order against it.
The court also said that hartal should follow directions that the court has pronounced earlier in this regard. The court pointed out that the freedom of movement should not be restricted in the name of hartal. In response to the verdict, the state government assured the court that it would implement the directions put forward by the court.