It had sought status reports explaining the steps they had taken to implement the guidelines and prevent destruction of property during demonstrations and hartals .
The court had passed the direction on a PIL filed by advocate Koshy Jacob who had given instances of such ‘bandhs’ or ‘hartals’ declared by political parties in Kerala.
He had also told the court that they had sought the information under Right to Information Act from other states but they had not given any material.
The PIL submitted that there were “wilful and deliberate omissions” on the part of the authorities to comply with the April 16, 2009 guidelines of the apex court in a matter relating to destruction of public and private properties.
The PIL had alleged that if a ‘bandh’ or ‘hartal’ was declared by a political party in power, the state government remained mute spectators in disregarding the judgments and guidelines of the apex court, which results in destruction of private and public property in large cases.
The petition has referred to the recommendations of two committees appointed by the apex court on the issue, to which the court had given green signal for immediate implementation.
Justice (Retd) K T Thomas committee had made recommendations relating to the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.
The F S Nariman committee had also made recommendations that have to be followed in the absence of legislation in this regard.
( Source – PTI )