Mamata Banerjee government appeals against Calcutta High Court order allowing BJP's 'Rath Yatra' in West Bengal

Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Friday moved an appeal before a division bench of the Calcutta High Court challenging a single bench order that allowed BJP's 'Rath Yatra' programme in the state.

Moving the appeal before the division bench comprising Chief Justice Debasish Kargupta and Justice Shampa Sarkar, the Mamata Banerjee-led government expressed urgency and sought an immediate hearing.

 Mamata Banerjee government appeals against Calcutta High Court order allowing BJPs Rath Yatra in West Bengal

File image of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. PTI

The court granted leave to the state government to move the appeal and asked it to serve copies of its appeal to respondent, the BJP, following which the hearing would commence.

A single bench presided by Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty on Thursday 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 6 December, a single judge bench of the HC had refused permission to the BJP to hold the 'Rath Yatra', which was scheduled to be flagged off by BJP chief Amit Shah from Cooch Behar in North Bengal on 7 December. The party had then approached the division bench.

The division bench had on 7 December 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 14 December.

After parleys with the BJP team, the three officers refused permission for the rallies on 15 December 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.

Updated Date: Dec 21, 2018 16:59:25 IST