HC allows BJP to hold three Rath Yatras in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Calcutta High Court on Thursday allowed BJP to hold three Rath Yatrasin Bengal but directed the saffron party to inform Superintendents of Police of the districts where they would hold the programme 12 hours in advance. Justice Tapabrata Chakra-borty also cautioned the BJP against loss or damage to property that might be caused due to the Rath Yatras. The court asked the administration to ensure law and order during the Yatras and to ensure that it does not hamper normal traffic movement. The High Court also directed the state police to have adequate personnel on duty so that that there is no breach of law and order due to the event. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe state has already decided to challenge the order of the single bench and pleaded for staying it. State counsels at the Calcutta High Court are planning to appeal to the division bench of the Chief Justice in this regard on Friday. The Mamata Banerjee government on Saturday had denied permission for the BJP ‘Rath Yatra’, on the ground that it might cause communal tension. The government had cited ‘intelligence reports’ which said that efforts were on to disrupt the communal harmony in the state. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBJP had moved court after the permission was denied. The single bench heard final arguments from both the party and the state government, before delivering the verdict on Thursday. Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee, when questioned about the court’s verdict, said that the Law department along with the administration will examine the terms and conditions imposed by the court and accordingly take measures. When asked whether such a programme will result in breach of law and order, Chatterjee said: “They are trying to cause disturbance in the state almost every day. Our government, under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, has been carrying on all-round development of the state and the administration will act tough against those who will try to stall development.”last_img

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