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Calcutta HC rules against BJP’s Rath Yatra, Directs to hold the Yatra till January 9; BJP approaches Division Bench against the ruling

The BJP's advocates moved to the Chief Justice of the High Court to plead to hear the case on Thursday night itself since the Rath Yatra was planned for early morning on Friday. The Chief Justice, Debasis Kar Gupta, directed the BJP counsel to put forward their case before the division bench on Friday morning at 10.30 AM. Hoping for the positive order in BJP's favour, it's President, Amit Shah, reached Cooch Behar where the proposed Rath Yatra was to begin from, on Friday.

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Giving no relief to BJP over carrying out it’s 41-days ‘Rath Yatra’ in West Bengal commencing from December 7, the Calcutta High Court directed the saffron party to put it’s Rath Yatra plan on hold till January 9. The court backed the state government’s reason of the proposed Rath Yatra may disrupt the communal harmony in the north Bengal district bordering Assam. “I am not giving any relief to the petitioner. It will be difficult for the police to comply with my order in a short span of time. I therefore direct to defer the BJP Rath Yatra till January 9,” quoted TOI as said by Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty. BJP reacted to the HC direction against it’s favour and said that they will move to the division bench to hear their plea. “We will be going to division bench tomorrow morning to seek justice. Any peaceful democratic movement is permissible under the Indian Constitution. We believe in sanvidhaan (Constitution) but this state is going on Mamatavidhaan” West Bengal BJP Vice President, Jay Prakash Majumdar, reacted to the HC order.

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The BJP’s advocates moved to the Chief Justice of the High Court to plead to hear the case on Thursday night itself since the Rath Yatra was planned for early morning on Friday. The Chief Justice, Debasis Kar Gupta, directed the BJP counsel to put forward their case before the division bench on Friday morning at 10.30 AM. Hoping for the positive order in BJP’s favour, it’s President, Amit Shah, reached Cooch Behar where the proposed Rath Yatra was to begin from, on Friday. The fate of BJP’s Rath Yatra lie in the hands of the Division bench of the Calcutta High Court.

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The division bench, on Friday, comprising of Justices B. and __ directed the advocates of BJP to file their petition and serve the copy of it to the respondents in order to receive their respond before their hearing. The court has also sought report from the superintendent of police of all districts of West Bengal after meeting all the district president of BJP, which will help the court to pronounce their judgement on the proposed Rath Yatra.

With inputs from ANI & TOI)

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