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Setback to BJP as Calcutta HC quashes single bench’s order allowing party's rath yatra in West Bengal

Earlier on Thursday, the high court had allowed the rath yatra saying the organisers will be liable for any untoward incident or damage to public property.

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Kolkata Updated on: December 21, 2018 16:00 IST
Calcutta High Court

Calcutta High Court

A bench headed by Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court on Friday quashed single bench’s order allowing BJP’s rath yatra in West Bengal.

The division bench of CJ Debashish Kar Gupta and justice Sampa sarkar sent back the  appeal to the single bench directing it to take a decision after taking into account the intelligence inputs.

Earlier on Thursday, the high court had allowed the rath yatra saying the organisers will be liable for any untoward incident or damage to public property.

Touted as the 'Save democracy rally', the state government had last week rejected BJP's plea to hold the 'Rath Yatra'. It had said there was "grave apprehension of major breach of peace and communal violence during and in the aftermath" of the programme.

The BJP had moved a single bench of the Calcutta High Court on December 17 after the Bengal government's decision and proposed December 22, 24 and 26 as fresh dates for the three Rath Yatra rallies.

Acting on a fresh plea filed by the saffron party, Justice Tapobrata Chakraborty allowed the rallies to be taken out, but said the organisers have to inform the police superintendent of the district concerned 12 hours before taking out the yatra.

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