SC notice to Bengal govt on BJP’s Yatra plea

Tuesday 15th January 2019 03:55 EST

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has issued notices to the West Bengal government on a petition filed by the BJP challenging the decision not to allow it to hold yatras in the state. The BJP had moved the vacation bench of the SC, challenging the WB government order that had put on hold its proposed yatras to be conducted in the state. The Calcutta High Court had reviewed its own decision, while putting the yatras on hold. A Division Bench of the Calcutta High Court had said that it would review the order of the single judge, who had permitted the BJP to undertake the yatras in WB.

The matter came up for hearing last week, before a larger bench headed by Chief Justice Kargupta, and the case was sent back to the single-judge bench with instructions that it considers 36 intelligence inputs provided by the state administration before taking a decision on the BJP's 'rath yatra' in West Bengal. Following the order of the single judge, The Mamata Banerjee-led government had approached the Calcutta High Court. It had challenged the order of the single judge which permitted the BJP to hold Rath Yatra rallies across the state as part of its 2019 Lok Sabha campaign.

The State Advocate General Kishore Dutta moved a petition opposing the single bench order before a division bench of the chief justice last week. The state government has roped in senior counsel and veteran Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi to plead the case on behalf of the West Bengal police. CJ Kargupta had said that any threat to public order must be real and not imaginary or likely possibility. He has also said, “Without providing for reasonable restrictions, the authorities have passed an order for total exclusion.”

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