PIL revoked, Kochi’s Popular Rally most likely to go on
The Public Interest Litigation filed against the Popular Rally, the fourth round of the INRC 2019 has been dismissed but organisers to seek permission from Sports Ministry
Why all this fuss?
The incident involving the team of Gaurav Gill and Musa Sherif who had a tragic accident with locals who entered a live stage on a motorcycle shook up the motorsport community. The organisers packed up, but Gill and Musa were booked and an FIR registered under Section 304 of the IPC for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The most recent investigation stated that it was indeed an accident. The police and government understood what the nature of accident was and changed it to 304A which is death due to negligence. Gill is currently out on bail, a sign of relief for the community.
Gaurav Gill speaks up - Read it here
PIL against Popular Rally Kochi
Just yesterday, the organisers of the Popular Rally, Southern Adventures and Motorsports Club released a statement saying that they have decided to postpone the rally indefinitely after the High court in Cohin, Kerala received a petition from Vivek Mathew Varkey of Kottayam, asking for a ban on the Popular Rally, which was to be held in Kottayam, Kerala, between October 30 and November 3. The petitioner had also sought a directive to the Kottayam District Transport Commissioner, Collector and Police Chief to cancel all requisite permissions for the event.
Detailed info on the Petition can be found here
The PIL that was filed against the Kochi’s Popular Rally, the fourth round of the INRC has been revoked with the trust that the organisers shall obtain all the necessary permissions to run a rally on public roads by the Sports Ministry. The rally may or may not take place on its scheduled date, and dates may still be postponed until further notice. However, all the necessary permissions have been taken to run the rally and this time with even more emphasis on safety.