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Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a PIL seeking strict regulation of religious processions across the country stating that not all religious processions are a source of riots

A bench of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justice PS Narasimha further stated it is a law and order issue and can be taken care of by the State police and the District Magistrates.

"India's cultural diversity varies from district to district and there can't be uniform guidelines to regulate religious processions," CJI Chandrachud said while dismissing the PIL.

The PIL filed by NGO Citizens for Justice and Peace demands guidelines to regulate religious processions across the country where people brandish weapons

Senior advocate CU Singh appearing for the NGO told the bench that processions are taken out brandishing swords, and firearms during religious festivals.

He contended that riots have become common during such processions taken out during religious festivals.

Why do we want to portray it that riots take place during festival sessions, asked the bench.

The apex court said religious processions are taken out during the Ganpati festival in Maharashtra, but no riots occur.

"Why do you pick up some stray incidents of riots during a religious festival to paint everything with the same brush? Try to see the positive...," said the bench.

The plea has sought strict prohibition of the display of arms and ammunition during such processions.

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