Calcutta HC revokes Mamata’s govt’s ban on idol immersion

The Calcutta high court on Thursday revoked the ban order on Durga idol immersion imposed by the Mamata Banerjee government during Muharramand said the state cannot pass orders arbitrarily. The high court has allowed immersion of Durga idols till 12am on all days, including Muharram, and asked police to ensure routes are designated for the immersion processions to follow and those through which the ‘Tajia’ processions of Muharram would pass. Delivering a stern rebuke, the high court told the state not to curtail citizens’ rights senselessly. “You are exercising extreme power without any basis… Just because you are the state, can you pass arbitrary order?” the court said. Hearing three PILs challenging the restrictions on immersion of idols at the end of the five-day Durga Puja festival, a bench headed by acting chief justice Rakesh Tiwary said the government could not act on mere assumption that the law-and-order situation might deteriorate owing to Vijaya Dashami and Muharram falling one after the other.

 

Source Times of India

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