Restrictions on Durga idol immersion is baseless, HC tells WB govt

In yet another jolt to the Mamata government in West Bengal, the Calcutta High Court on Thursday observed that the restrictions imposed by the Mamata government on Durga idol immersion are baseless and that there is a difference between regulation and prohibition. ‘You are exercising extreme power without any basis,’ the court said while hearing a PIL filed by lawyers over the government decision to ban idol immersion after 6 pm on Oct 1 due to Muharram procession.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said the ‘Visarjan’ ceremony, or idol immersion, would not be permitted for a 24-hour period on Muharram.In its petition, the Youth Bar Association of India claimed that the government order has hurt the religious sentiments of the majority community.

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