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Calcutta HC quashes order permitting BJP to hold yatra

ANI | Updated: Dec 21, 2018 18:36 IST

Kolkata (West Bengal), [India], Dec 20 (ANI): The order allowing BJP to go ahead with its proposed yatra in West Bengal was quashed by a division bench of Calcutta High Court on Friday.
The single-judge bench, which gave a green signal to the yatra, was asked to reconsider the case based on intelligence input.
The bench, headed by Calcutta High Court's Chief Justice Debasish Kar Gupta, was hearing a plea filed by the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government on Thursday, challenging the order which permitted the BJP to conduct its 'Save Democracy Yatra' in the state.
Earlier in the day, the court allowed Congress leader and senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi to represent the West Bengal DGP and ADG (Law and Order) in the case.
On Thursday, the court had allowed the BJP to proceed with its yatra in West Bengal, which was perceived as a major setback to the Mamata government in some political circles.
In its previous order, the court had given permission to the BJP to hold three yatras in West Bengal and directed that the administration should ensure there is no breach of law and order.
Before the court's decision, the state government had refused permission for the proposed yatra citing intelligence reports of possible communal violence in areas where the BJP planned to hold rallies.
The BJP had planned to hold yatras, beginning from Cooch Behar district on December 6 and moving further to Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas district on December 9 and Tarapith in Birbhum district on December 14. (ANI)