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STATE TO FACE ACTION IF BANDHS FOLLOW – SAYS COURT

bandhThe state government will have to face the court music if there are any more bandhs. The court stated that the state will face contempt proceedings if it fails to implement court order of bandhs being unconstitutional. Criticising bandhs called by political parties, the Mumbai high court said the state government could face contempt proceedings if it fails to implement an earlier court order that held bandhs to be unconstitutional. It maybe recalled that in 2004, the high court had fined the Shiv Sena and the BJP Rs 20 lakh each for losses suffered by the state during a 2003 bandh. The HC had directed the police to take preventive steps to stop political parties from disrupting normal life. The police were directed to issue notices to leaders calling for bandhs. In case the notice was flouted, the police were asked to record videos of the wreckage to fix responsibility for the losses. However, despite the HC order the government had failed to take action against political parties and organisations. The judges said the court expected the government to amend the Bombay Police Act to include the guidelines issued by the court. The judges also said that leaders, who give the bandh call, should be held responsible for the damage and disruption caused. Bureau report NMTV

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