The Telangana High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to conduct Republic Day celebrations, including the ceremonial parade, as per the Centre’s guidelines.
Acting on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by advocate K Srinivas, a single-judge bench of the High Court headed by Justice P Madhavi Devi cited the Covid-19 protocol as the reason for not holding the events. Found fault with the state government. For Republic Day at a public place.
The judge directed that “the government should make all arrangements for the Republic Day celebrations, including the traditional ceremonial parade of police forces and a guard of honor for the governor, as per the central guidelines”.
Justice Devi asked the government to allow people to participate in the celebrations. However, he left it to the discretion of the government to choose the place to celebrate.
A Raj Bhavan official said on condition of anonymity that Governor Tamalai Soundararajan will hoist the national flag at Raj Bhavan at 7 am as there is no word from the government till evening about holding a formal parade in Secunderabad. was found Parade Grounds.
“Since the High Court has left it to the discretion of the government to choose the venue for the Republic Day celebrations, it has left it to the Raj Bhavan. However, any official of the General Administration Department till evening Did not visit Raj Bhavan to make any arrangements.
Secondly, as directed by the High Court, the Raj Bhavan has no place to hold a formal parade and common people cannot enter the premises, the official said. “So, it will be normal to hoist the tricolor at the Raj Bhavan,” the official said.
Later, Tamalai Sai will fly to Puducherry for the Republic Day parade. “She will bear her own travel expenses instead of depending on the government to make travel arrangements,” the official said.
During the arguments, the petitioner’s counsel argued that “the Center had issued a circular regarding Republic Day celebrations on January 19 but the state government is breaking the customs”.
Advocate General BS Prasad, arguing on behalf of the state government, said that due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the government has not been holding Republic Day celebrations at the Secunderabad Parade Ground for the past two years.
He said that this year also the government has informed the governor that the parade is not being held due to Covid-19 and the events will be held at Raj Bhavan.
The judge, however, noted that the government has not submitted any orders to implement the Covid-19 protocol. He rejected the advocate general’s argument and said that the parade must take place.
Chief Secretary Shanti Kumari could not be contacted for comment on the High Court’s decision.