Karnataka high court refuses to stay commemoration of Tipu Jayanti
By Team Legistify / 2017-11-07

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A Petition was filed in the HC seeking a ban on the celebration of Tipu Jayanti in the state . Karnataka High Court had said that Tipu Sultan was not a freedom fighter . The petitioner had alleged that the monarch murdered hundreds of Kodavas during his reign.

BENGALURU- The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday refused to grant a stay on the controversial issue of celebrating of Tipu Sultan's birth anniversary in the state.

Last Friday, the court had sought to know whether the expenditure to be incurred on " Tipu Jayanti " celebrations to be held across the state on November 10 had the "authority" of the state budget, reported PTI.


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The query by a bench comprising acting Chief Justice H G Ramesh and Justice P S Dinesh Kumar came during the hearing on admissibility of a plea seeking to restrain the government from going ahead with the "Tipu Jayanti" celebrations.

On November 1, the HC had asked the government to explain why Tipu Jayanti was being celebrated.

When the government advocate defended the plan to celebrate the birth anniversary on November 10 saying Tipu Sultan was a great warrior who fought the British, Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee said as far as his knowledge of history goes, Tipu was not a freedom fighter.

"He was a ruler of a princely state (Mysuru). What's the use of doing this (Tipu Jayanti)?

Even if Nizam of Hyderabad had come, he (Tipu) would have countered him in the same way to defend his territory," he said at the time.


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