Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court’s Chief Justice bench on Friday 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.
On Thursday, 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.
On December 6, a single judge bench of the High Court had refused permission to the BJP to hold the ‘Rath Yatra’, which was scheduled to be flagged off by party chief Amit Shah from Cooch Behar in North Bengal on December 7. The party had then approached the division bench.
The division bench had on December 7 asked the state Chief Secretary, the Home Secretary and the Director General of Police to hold a meeting with three representatives of the BJP and take a decision on the ‘yatra’ by December 14.
After parleys with the BJP team, the three officers refused permission for the rallies on December 15 on the grounds that it might lead to communal tension. The state BJP had moved the court again challenging the government’s denial of permission to its programme.