Calcutta High Court quashes order allowing rath yatra in Bengal

BJP leaders’ jubilations remain short lived. A day after they could get nod of the Kolkatta High Court to go ahead with their Rath Yatra in West Bengal, a ahead of Lok Sabha polls, today it was over-ruled by the same court.

 The Calcutta High Court’s Chief Justice bench today quashed the single bench’s Thursday order allowing BJP’s ‘rath yatra’ rallies. The court was hearing the state government’s petition challenging the order by single bench which had granted permission to the saffron party to take out rallies across the state.

The division bench of Chief Justice Debasish Kargupta remanded the BJP’s ‘rath yatra’ case back to the single bench to consider the intelligence inputs by state agencies.

This comes after the Chief Justice’s bench agreed to hear the plea on Friday, which was filed by Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government on Wednesday, challenging the Calcutta High Court’s single bench order permitting BJP’s save democracy Rathyatra in the state.

Earlier, the court allowed the BJP to proceed with its Rathyatra in West Bengal, which is perceived in some political circles as a major setback to the Mamata government.

Moving the appeal before the division bench comprising Chief Justice Debasish Kargupta and Justice Shampa Sarkar, the state government had expressed urgency and sought an immediate hearing. A single bench presided by Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty had allowed the BJP’s ‘Rath Yatra’ programme, setting aside the denial of permission for the yatra by a panel of three senior most officers of the state government.

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