THE HIMALAYAN BEACON
NEW DELHI, 25 NOVEMBER 2017: The Supreme Court has barred Bimal Gurung from organizing any meeting or protest march until 21 Nov. The ruling was in consonance to the State Government’s plea seeking recall of an earlier order that stayed Gurung’s arrest. The bench head by Justices A. K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan also issued notice to the Central Government seeking its view.
Earlier, the Bengal government’s Counsel Advocated Abhishekh Manu Singhvi had argued that Gurung should not be allowed to roam freely in Bengal carry agitation by taking advantage of the November
The restraint on Gurung came when senior advocate Abhishekh Manu Singhvi appearing for the Bengal government sought a directive that the hill leader should not be allowed to roam freely in the state and carry out agitation by taking advantage of the order passed on November 20. The court had on November 20 restrained the police from resorting to “any coercive action” against Gurung.
Gurung’s counsel assured the Court that there would be Gurung would not indulge in any activity which would go against the order of the court.
In a heated argument between the State Government’s counsel and Gurung’s counsel, in which the State Government’s counsel said that Gurung had used even children and toddlers during the agitation and had spread violence and led to many deaths.
However, Gurung’s counsel stoutly opposed the arguments and said Gurung was being targeted because of political reasons. He said the allegations that minor children were being used in the agitation was an attempt to prejudice the court against his client. “I don’t want the state police to investigate, let the cases be transferred to the CBI,” Patwalia argued.
The bench then asked Patwalia to file his reply by Tuesday when the court would take up the matter again for consideration.