Quashing the police’s externment order in opposition to the organiser of an anti-CAA protest, the Gujarat High Court noticed that residents can’t be externed for elevating their grievance in opposition to the federal government. Justice Paresh Upadhyay on Thursday put aside an externment order issued by the Ahmedabad metropolis police in opposition to 39-year-old activist Kaleem Siddiqui.
As per the externment order, issued in November final 12 months, Siddiqui was barred from getting into Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Kheda and Mehsana districts for a interval of 1 12 months.
Siddiqui then challenged the order within the High Court, which had stayed its execution in March. Inspired by the agitation in opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Delhi’s Shaheen Baug, Siddiqui and some others had organised a sit-in protest in Rakhiyal space between January and March final 12 months.
In December 2019, town police had lodged an FIR of illegal meeting in opposition to unknown individuals for holding demonstrations in opposition to the CAA and NRC, and claimed that Siddiqui had been part of the gang.
This was one of many two FIRs, which turned the idea for Siddiqui’s externment, the High Court famous. “As far as the second FIR of December 2019 is concerned, it was against a crowd of unknown persons who were demonstrating against the policy of the Government on the NRC/CAA. The petitioner is stated to be one of the persons in the said crowd,” the court docket order acknowledged.
“A citizen cannot be subjected to externment for raising his grievance against the Government. On this count also, the externment order needs to be set aside,” Justice Upadhyay stated.
While giving reduction to the petitioner, the court docket additionally famous that of the 2 FIRs talked about by the Ahmedabad police in its externment order, Siddiqui had already been acquitted within the case lodged in 2018.