The Gujarat High Court has ordered the Collector of Jamnagar district to respond to a plea challenging recently imposed restrictions on public protests and demonstrations through the exercise of powers under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC)..A Bench of Chief Justice Sunita Agarwal and Justice Aniruddha Mayee noted that initially, the notification imposing such restrictions was applicable from October 13 to October 30. However, it was later extended till mid-November."For the period between October 13 to October 30, we understand that it could be because of the festive season of Navratri, etc and the authorities would be busy in maintaining law and order during the said period," the Bench orally observed on Friday..However, the Court wondered why the said notification was extended till mid-November."Let the Collector file its affidavit within a week," the Bench said, before adjourning the hearing. .The Court added that it would pass requisite orders earlier if there is any urgency or if there are any protests that the petitioner is planning to hold."If such is the case, do let us know. We will pass orders then," it said..The public interest litigation (PIL) contended that by virtue of the notification under challenge, citizens have been asked not to stage any dharnas, demonstrations, protests etc. in front of the Collector's office, the Municipal Authority office, or even in front of police authorities."This is against the right to protest," the petitioner argued.