New Delhi: The West Bengal unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) approached the Supreme Court on Monday, seeking permission for its proposed ‘rath yatra’ in the state. Challenging the order of the division bench of the Calcutta High Court, the party has sought an urgent hearing in the matter.
Notably the BJP has planned to hold the campaign ‘Save Democracy Rally’, which would cover 42 parliamentary constituencies in the state ahead of the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Speaking to news agency PTI, an official of the Supreme Court Registry said that the apex court has received an appeal from the BJP against the high court division bench’s order. The official said the petition is under scrutiny.
Earlier on Friday, the high court’s division bench, comprising Chief Justice Debasish Kargupta and Justice Shampa Sarkar, Friday send the case back to the single bench to consider intelligence inputs by state agencies. The two judges’ bench order came after hearing an appeal moved by the West Bengal government, challenging the Thursday order of the single judge.
The division bench also asked the single-judge bench of Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty to hear the case afresh to consider the intelligence inputs and dispose the matter expeditiously.
The rallies, according to the original schedule, were supposed to be launched by BJP president Amit Shah from Bengal’s Cooch Behar district on Decemebr 7, Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas on December 9 and from Tarapith temple in Birbhum on December 14.