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Last Updated : Dec 21, 2018 04:13 PM IST | Source: PTI

Calcutta HC quashes single bench order that allowed BJP's 'Rath Yatra' in West Bengal

The two judges' bench order came after hearing an appeal moved by the state government, challenging the December 20 order of the single bench.


The Calcutta High Court on December 21 quashed the single bench order that allowed BJP's 'Rath Yatra' in West Bengal.

The Division bench comprising Chief Justice Debasish Kargupta and Justice Shampa Sarkar sent 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 state government, challenging the December 20 order of the single bench.

Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty had earlier directed the state BJP to inform the superintendents of police of the districts, in which the rallies shall enter, at least 12 hours ahead of schedule.

The party was also directed to ensure that the 'Yatras' are conducted abiding by the law and shall not impede normal movement of vehicular traffic.

Justice Chakraborty said that the petitioner BJP will be vicariously responsible for any damage or loss of public property. He also directed that the police shall deploy adequate force to ensure that there is no breach of law and order.

The party had planned three 'Rath Yatras' from different parts of the state. The chariots were meant to travel across the state's 42 parliamentary constituencies over one-and-a-half months.
The state BJP had moved the court challenging the state government's denial of permission to its programme.
First Published on Dec 21, 2018 04:13 pm
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