Press Esc to close
Saturday 30 July 2016
News updated at 12:40 PM IST
Weather
Max: 23.2°C
Min : 19.8°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

Katju demands action against Mumbai cops for arresting woman

New Delhi, Nov 19, 2012 (PTI)

Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju today demanded "immediate" action against police personnel for reportedly arresting a woman in Mumbai protesting the shutdown in the city on Bal Thackeray's demise on social networking site Facebook.

In an e-mail to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, he warned of "legal consequences" if the CM failed to act.

"I will deem it that you as CM are unable to run the state in a democratic manner as envisaged by the Constitution to which you have taken oath and then legal consequences will follow," Katju said.

He demanded that the Chavan immediately order suspension, arrest, chargesheeting and criminal prosecution of the police personnel responsible for arresting the women allegedly on the ground of hurting sentiments.

"To my mind it is absurd to say that protesting against the bandh hurts religious sentiments. Under Article 19 of our Constitution, freedom of speech is guaranteed fundamental right. We are living in a democracy, not a fascist dictatorship.

"In fact, this arrest itself appears to be a criminal act since under sections 341 and 342, it is a crime to wrongfully arrest or wrongfully confine someone who has committed no crime," he said.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
An elephant moves through a waterlogged street after heavy rains in New Delhi on Friday...

An elephant moves through a waterlogged street after heavy rains in New Delhi on Friday...

People catching fish at flooded water due to heavy rain Madiwala Lake over flow...

People catching fish at flooded water due to heavy rain Madiwala Lake over flow...

Rain water flooded on the road at Anugraha Layout 2nd stage, Bilekahalli in Bengaluru...

Rain water flooded on the road at Anugraha Layout 2nd stage, Bilekahalli in Bengaluru...

Workers remove scaffolding from a replica of planet earth after repairs at Science City...

Workers remove scaffolding from a replica of planet earth after repairs at Science City...

Women unload rice grains from a boat to dry in the sunshine in flood affected village Murkata...

Women unload rice grains from a boat to dry in the sunshine in flood affected village Murkata...

Members of Karunada Seene staging protest against Mahadai tribunal verdict at SBM circle...

Members of Karunada Seene staging protest against Mahadai tribunal verdict at SBM circle...

Karnataka Fire & Emergency Service personnel rescuing the people form the flood affected...

Karnataka Fire & Emergency Service personnel rescuing the people form the flood affected...

A boy tries to swim in the flooded water at Kodichikkanhalli area in Bengaluru on Friday...

A boy tries to swim in the flooded water at Kodichikkanhalli area in Bengaluru on Friday...

A young one-horned rhino trying to rise above water on the National Highway from the flooded...

A young one-horned rhino trying to rise above water on the National Highway from the flooded...

A Royal Bengal Tiger in a pool in Kolkata on Friday during International Tiger day...

A Royal Bengal Tiger in a pool in Kolkata on Friday during International Tiger day...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523