(Incidents during funeral ceremonies) DGP Madras HC informs preventive steps taken, court closes Suo Motu Plea case

(Incidents during funeral ceremonies) DGP Madras HC informs preventive steps taken, court closes Suo Motu Plea case

The Madras High Court recently disposed of the suo motu petition adopted by the court in view of untoward incidents that took place during funeral processions in Tamil Nadu. A bench of Chief Justice SV Gangapurwala and Justice Bharata Chakravarthy closed the writ petition after the Director General of Police informed it of the instructions submitted to all SCBs…

The Madras High Court recently disposed of the suo motu petition considered by the court in view of untoward incidents that occurred during funeral processions in Tamil Nadu.

Bench Chief Justice SV Gangapurwala And Justice Bharata Chakravarthy The writ petition was closed after the Director General of Police informed it of the instructions given to all SDOs and SHOs to prevent untoward incidents.

The court had taken suo motu cognizance based on a letter it received from one of the Anbu Silval regarding an unfortunate incident that occurred due to throwing of a wreath during the funeral procession.

The police informed the court that this is a sensitive issue that concerns the traditions and sentiments of the people and at the same time the life and safety of the public. The Judicial Police Director informed the court that he had instructed the officers to ensure that the family of the deceased gives advance notice to the local police of an initial time and route for the procession to regulate traffic.

Moreover, the local police in coordination with the panchayat/municipality/corporations have been directed to remove the garlands from the road so that there is no obstruction or disruption to traffic. It was to be ensured that no banners or advertising boards would be allowed without obtaining prior approval from the relevant authorities.

Organizers had to collect the wreaths at the funeral home itself and dispose of them safely. They were to be advised not to carry large numbers of garlands/garlands with the procession and not to throw them on the roads. The organizers have also been advised not to carry out the procession on highways/arterial or main roads.

The police have also been instructed to ensure that no law and order issue arises and take strict action if there is any violation that endangers the life and safety of the public. The police organized the movement of participants in the funeral procession in intermittent gaps to facilitate traffic.

Defendant’s lawyer: Mr. A. Edwin Prabakar, Chairman of the State Government, Mr. R. Additional Public Prosecutor Muniaparaj is assisted by Mr. M. Sylvester John

Citation: 2024 LiveLaw (Mad) 133

Case Title: Su Motu v. State of Tamil Nadu and Others

Case No.: WPNo.34402 of 2023

    (tags for translation)Chief Justice SV Gangapurwala

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