The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday quashed FIRs registered by the Madurai police in opposition to advocates T. Lajapathi Roy and Henri Tiphagne.
In separate incidents, the advocates had staged demonstrations in opposition to the amendments made to the Citizenship Act.
Hearing the petition filed by Mr. Roy looking for to quash the FIR, Justice G.R. Swaminathan noticed that FIRs had been registered in opposition to as many as 26 individuals within the wake of an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest close to Goripalayam Pallivasal, on February 8.
The court docket noticed that it was true that the assembly was convened with out prior permission from authorities involved. But it was not the case of the police that an untoward incident had occurred. Even in line with the prosecution, just some intemperate slogans had been raised. Taking into consideration that no act of violence was dedicated, the choose allowed the petition and quashed the FIR registered in opposition to the advocate.
Further, the choose stated the advantage of the order would enure in favour of the opposite accused within the case as nicely, who had not filed petitions looking for to quash FIRs.
Similarly, Justice J. Nisha Banu quashed two FIRs registered in opposition to advocate and human rights activist Henri Tiphagne. The choose took cognisance that no untoward incident had taken place and noticed that there have been protests throughout the nation in opposition to amendments to the Act.
Since the protest was peaceable and even the FIR didn’t disclose any act of violence or any untoward incident, the choose stated the continued prosecution was not warranted. Quashing the identical would safe the ends of justice, the choose stated, including that the advantage of the order would enure to the opposite accused as nicely.