PFI threatens contempt petition

Addressing a news conference here State vice-president of PFI said that though the HC had given conditional permission to observe I-Day, the police denied them the permission. “We are contemplating on filing a contempt petition against the police,” he said.

He alleged the police of trying to subjugate the minority community. Former MLA A K Subbaiah, freedom fighter Vednatha Hemmige, social activist Surendra Koulagi, Abdul Majeed of Social Democratic party, Kaleem, president of district unit of PFI, Usmaan Sharief were present. When contacted, Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal refuted the allegations.

“We only told them that the court order should be conformed with and there cannot be any parade in uniform. They hoisted the flag in front of the PFI office,” he said. Moreover, the forum could not find any place for a bigger celebration in city. Before the court order, the Idgah committee had allowed them to assemble in the Idgah Maidan and take out a rally.

The PFI intended to hold a freedom parade at Bannimantap grounds, which was denied by HC. The Idgah committee refused permission to PFI to hoist the flag on their Maidan. Later, they came up with a plan to hold their programme on a ground belonging to Taj Mohamed Khan in Kaveri layout on late Saturday evening. On enquiry, it was revealed that the ground limits came under the South police station of district police, he said.

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