West Bengal: Calcutta High Court quashes single-bench order allowing BJP’s rath yatra

A division bench of Calcutta High Court on Friday put a stay on yesterday’s single bench order that allowed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to hold Rath yatra in West Bengal.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Debasish Kargupta and Justice Shampa Sarkar has quashed the single bench order and asked it to go through all intelligence reports before delivering a verdict on Rath Yatra.

The Trinamool Congress-led government had denied permission to the BJP for the rallies citing intelligence reports that purportedly warned of possible communal violence in the state.

Earlier, the BJP was scheduled to kick off its rath yatra programme from December 7. The party moved the High Court after the state government did not respond to its requests for permission.