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RSS route march: Supreme Court adjourns hearing to March 27 after Tamil Nadu files fresh SLP

The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned hearing to March 27 on the matter related to the route marches proposed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Tamil Nadu.

The Bench of Justice V. Ramasubramanian and Justice Pankaj Mithal listed the matter for March 27, after the state government apprised apprised the Apex Court that it has filed a new special leave petition against the original order passed by the Madras High Court on September 22, 2022, which allowed the organisation to hold processions.

Appearing for the state of Tamil Nadu, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi contended that the new SLP has not been listed today and requested to adjourn the matter so that both petitions could be considered together.

The Counsel appearing on behalf of RSS opposed the request for adjournment by pointing out that the State had agreed on the last date of hearing to give proposals on alternate routes today.

Rohatgi responded by saying that the state government has decided to first file the SLP and then give the proposals.

The RSS lawyer termed this behaviour as being ‘unfair to the Court’. He said the State of Tamil Nadu was raking up issues by filing a separate SLP.

Rohatgi then mentioned the fake videos on attacks against North Indian migrants as new ‘disturbances’ in the state. Justice Ramasburamanian observed that the issue was settled 10 days ago.

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