Published On : Thu, Dec 20th, 2018

Calcutta HC allows BJP’s 3 rath yatras

In a huge relief for the BJP, the Calcutta High Court has granted permission for the party’s three yatras in West Bengal and directs the administration to ensure that there is no breach of law and order.

This comes after the BJP had moved the Calcutta High Court on Monday with a fresh plea, challenging the West Bengal government’s denial of permission to the party’s proposed ‘rath yatra’ in the state.

The state government had held a meeting on the ‘rath yatra’ with a three-member BJP team as per the high court’s direction, following which it informed the party on Saturday that permission could be granted for the ‘yatra’.

Representing the BJP, lawyer Saptangshu Basu mentioned the matter before the court of Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty and sought permission to file a fresh petition.

Justice Chakraborty allowed the BJP to file the petition and asked its lawyer to serve copies of it to the state government and other respondents in the matter.

The party had proposed to take out three ‘rath yatras’ in different parts of the state ahead of the Lok Sabha election in 2019. The BJP moved a division bench of the Calcutta High Court after a single-judge bench of Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty refused permission to the party to hold the yatra.

The division bench had on December 7 directed the West Bengal chief secretary, the home secretary and the director general of police to hold a meeting with three representatives of the BJP by December 12, and take a decision on the ‘yatra’ by December 14.