Forty-five people will be charged at the Selayang Sessions Court today with allegedly taking part in an illegal gathering at the Batu Caves temple early Saturday morning.
The charge is being brought under Section 27 of the Police Act which stipulates the need for a police permit to gather in a public place.
They were part of a larger crowd that had gathered at the temple in the early hours of last Sunday, with the intention of participating in the Hindraf-organised rally later that morning at Jalan Ampang.
About 1,000 people who had gathered at the temple were forcibly dispersed by the Federal Reserve Unit using tear gas and water cannons.
Security is very tight at the Selayang Sessions Court with seven FRU trucks and about 30 police personnel on standby.
The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Bar has sent lawyers to assist the 45.
Another 55 protesters will face the same charge at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate's Court for taking part in the Hindraf rally on Sunday.
Under Section 27(5) of the Police Act, anyone taking part in an illegal gathering is liable, upon conviction, to a fine of RM2,000-10,000 or imprisonment of not more than a year.
Kit Siang and Chong Eng were there giving morel support to the Indians at Selayang Court this morning.