West Bengal Government Gripes At HC’s Permit of ‘Rath Yatra’ to BJP

Knocking the doors of another division bench of Calcutta High court, West Bengal’s state government challenged the High Court’s permit to BJP for holding a Rath Yatra in the state.

Division bench head Chief Justice Debasish Kar Gupta on Friday will hear the matter.

The move comes after the single bench of Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty rejected the government’s decision to refuse permission for the rallies over apprehensions of communal unrest and allowed the saffron party to continue with the yatras, scheduled to be held in Cooch Behar, Sagar Island and Tarapith on December 22, 24 and 26, respectively.

Directing the administration to ensure that there was no breach of law and order during the yatras, Justice Chakraborty asked the state BJP to inform the superintendents of police of districts where the rallies would pass at least 12 hours ahead of schedule.

The saffron party moved court on Monday after the Mamata Banerjee government denied it permission, for the second time, to hold the yatras. After holding a meeting with BJP party leaders last week as mandated by the court in an earlier hearing, the government had informed it that would not be able to grant permission to take out the rallies due to law and order concerns.