Kochi (Kerala). The Kerala High Court on Monday directed the state government to take action against those who set up flag poles illegally, irrespective of their affiliation, saying that no one, even those in power, are above the law. Justice Devan Ramachandran said, “It doesn’t matter how big a person you are, the law is above you.”
The judge said those in power, who understand the laws and the government, should be held more accountable. The court’s remarks came after it found a violation by the ruling party in the state of its order not to put up flag poles illegally anymore in Kerala.
The judge said, I have nothing to do with the color of the flag.
Justice Ramachandran questioned the government, “I am not concerned with the color of the flag, here it is red. This is a blatant violation. We can understand that if common people or those who are not in power or those in the opposition do this, but should those in power do this.”
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‘An attempt has been made to call me a Sanghi’
Justice Ramachandran also said that there have been attempts by some to associate him with a particular party and call him a ‘Sanghi’, but neither he nor the High Court can be swayed by such attempts. The court was hearing cases related to encroachment of public land.
In another case, where a co-operative society has alleged that a particular political party is illegally putting up flags and banners on its land, the state government told the court that some district magistrates have been accused of putting up illegal flag poles in the state. Action is being taken against and others will do the same. The next hearing of the case will take place in January.
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