The Calcutta High Court today rejected permission to stage ‘Rath Yatra’ by the BJP in the state of West Bengal and postponed further hearing on the petition till the second week of coming year’s January.
The ‘Rath Yatra’ was scheduled to be inaugurated by the BJP president Amit Shah on December 07 at Cooch Behar.
Earlier, the West Bengal state government declined permission to hold the ‘Rath Yatra’ in last October after BJP sought for the permission from the state administration. The state government denied allowing the rally by BJP with an explanation that it might create communal tension in the state.
After the West Bengal state govt denied permission for the ‘Rath Yatra’, BJP moved to the High Court on December 03, seeking permission for their scheduled ‘Rath Yatra’.
However, the High Court, after hearing arguments from the state government and appellant party, deferred the ‘Rath Yatra’ till January 09, 2019 and ordered for reports to submit by December 21, from all the district Superintendents of Police of West Bengal. The West Bengal state advocate general submitted Intelligence Bureau (IB) reports and a refusal letter from Cooch Behar district Superintendent of Police which noted that the BJP’s rally would affect the district. The state advocate general also told the court that the Cooch Behar district has a history of communal issues.
The BJP counsel tried to convince the court that the party will hold a peaceful rally. But, when the Judge asked who will take any responsibility if the unwanted situation occurs, the BJP counsel argued that it is the duty of the state government to maintain law and order. Though the BJP counsel tried to convince the Court citing about constitutional rights, it failed to draw an attention.
After refused by the bench of Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty, the BJP has moved the division court.
Moreover, Kailash Vijayvargiya, a senior BJP leader said that the party might move to the Supreme Court if needed.