Youth for equality writes to CJI seeking SC intervention
October 31, 2008: The Times of India
NEW DELHI:Youth for Equality (YFE) — on Thursday sought the Chief Justice of India's judicial intervention to deal with the highly volatile anti-north Indian sentiment fuelled by Raj Thackeray-headed MNS in Maharashtra.
Writing a letter to CJI K G Balakrishnan, YFE said the apex court, being the protector of fundamental rights of the citizens, needed to intervene urgently, seek action taken reports from the Maharashtra government and the Centre and pass appropriate directions to "control the violent campaign against the citizens of north India in the state".
Terming the hate campaign against north Indians in Maharashtra by MNS as a blatant violation of the right to life and right to freedom of speech and movement guaranteed under Articles 21 and 19 of the Constitution, the letter said the violence has struck at the roots of the harmony among various sections of people within the society.
"What is most alarming is the total inertia of political and administrative system of the state and the failure of the Centre to take any action against perpetrators, allowing the situation to deteriorate," it said, adding if the present situation continued, it would have grave consequences on the unity and integrity of the country.
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