Kolkata: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday moved an appeal before a division bench of the Calcutta High Court against refusal of permission for its Rath Yatra. Granting leave to the BJP to file the appeal, a division bench comprising Justices B Somadder and A Mukherjee said it will hear the matter at 12.30 pm.

The bench directed BJP’s lawyers to serve copy of the appeal to the West Bengal government and other respondents before the matter is taken up for hearing.

Earlier on Thursday, the Calcutta High Court denied permission to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for a ‘rath yatra’ in Coochbehar on December 7. The decision came after the Mamata Banerjee- led West Bengal government refused to allow the event on the grounds that it might cause communal tension.

Directing that the rally stands deferred till the next date of hearing on January 9, Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty observed that the prayer of BJP for permission to hold the ‘rath yatra’, scheduled to be flagged off by party national president Amit Shah, cannot be granted at this stage.

Notably, rhe BJP was scheduled to hold three ‘rath yatras’ that will start from different parts and traverse all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies. It had moved the court seeking a direction to the state government for giving permission for its rallies after its applications allegedly went unanswered.

The BJP campaign was scheduled to begin from Cooch Behar district in the north on December 7, from Kakdwip in the South 24 Parganas district on December 9, and from the Tarapith temple in Birbhum district on December 14.