England tour of India - Cricket: HC dismisses plea to declare holiday on Jan 25

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2002, 3:14 [IST]
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Chennai: The Madras High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition seeking to set aside an order by Tamil Nadu government, declaring January 25 a government holiday in Chennai and two other districts in view of the England-India One-day cricket match on the ground that the court was not inclined in an administrative order of the state.Declining to entertain the PIL by a city advocate, S Sathia Chandran, a division bench comprising Chief Justice B Subhashan Reddy and Justice A K Rajan pointed out that the government had declared February 9 (Saturday) as a working day in lieu of the holiday on January 25.Stating that the state should not have issued the January 17 G O without taking into consideration, the ramifications and effect it would have on the rights of the public, the petitioner contended it was 'arbitrary, illegal and violated of Article 21 of the constitution.He charged that by declaring a working day as a holiday in the districts of Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur, the government would deny the public access to their respective district administrations.The G O was also discriminatory in nature and violated Article 14 of the constitution, as it covered state government offices alone and not other institutions and companies, he said.The petitioner said the practice of declaring a local holiday for a cricket match over the years spoke volumes 'of the never-mind attitude of the government'. PTI

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