Bengaluru: Vishwa Hindu Parishat’s international working president was scheduled to arrive in Mangaluru this week, but the city’s police commissioner had barred his entry between jan 18 and 24.
This ban had been questioned in the state high court by advocates of Togadia and another VHP functionary. Since the court had been requested to hear the case on a priority basis, a single-judge bench presided over by Justice Hinchigeri, has ruled that Togadia can travel by road to Sringeri and return by the same route.
According to information available, Togadia was expected to address the media and his supporters in Mangaluru, Udupi and Karkala. At one stage, the judge queried the appellant’s advocate as to who would be held resposible if there were to any disturbances during the visit to Mangaluru.
After an affidavit was filed on his behalf that his visit would be of a private nature and that he would not address any meetings, the court gave him approval to visit only Sringeri direct by road without entering Kodagu, DK and Udupi districts.
Madikeri and Mangaluru reports
Informed sources in Madikeri said that in view of the revised schedule following the high court ruling, Togadia would not visit Madikeri.
In Mangaluru, as there was information that Togadia would land by air, heavy police enforcement was deployed at the airport. Besides, heavy security and escort machinery was kept ready if he were to travel by road.
The forces were withdrawn when a confirmed message was received about the high court order and cancellation of Togadia’s arrival in the city and the travel schedule in the two districts.