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Calcutta High Court denies permission to Amit Shah’s ‘Rath Yatra’
TIWN Dec 6, 2018
Calcutta High Court denies permission to Amit Shah’s ‘Rath Yatra’

Calcutta, Dec 6 (INDIAN Express / TIWN): The Calcutta High Court on Thursday rejected the BJP’s petition to allow them to hold ‘Rath Yatras’ in West Bengal, which was scheduled to be inaugurated by party’s national president Amit Shah from Cooch Behar tomorrow.

The single bench of Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty observed that reports need to be called from all Superintendents of Police in the state as the proposed Ratha Yatras will touch upon all 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal and deferred the yatras till January 9 when the court will hear the matter again.

“The court today observed that no Rath Yatras could be held in the state till January 9. The court felt that the BJP moved the court pretty late on December 3 and in the current short notice it will be difficult for the state government to take adequate law and order measures. It is a big rally which will be held across the state. Therefore it has advised all district BJP presidents to sit with respective SPs to chalk out proper and detailed plans. The court also took note of the police report and IB report which were submitted before it before passing the order. The court will hear the matter again on January 9 and till then it has deferred the proposed rally of the BJP,” said advocate Arka Kumar Nag, who appeared for the state government.

The BJP, meanwhile, has moved the division court of Calcutta High Court. Senior party leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said if needed the party will move the Supreme Court. “We are yet to see the operative part of the court order. If needed, then we will move the Supreme Court,” he said.

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