Calcutta HC quashes Suvendu Adhikari's plea, allows 'rally for harmony' on Jan 22

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By ETV Bharat English Desk

Published : Jan 18, 2024, 3:46 PM IST

Calcutta HC quashes Suvendu Adhikari's plea, allows 'rally for harmony' on Jan 22

BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari moved Calcutta High Court to defer the 'rally for harmony', which is to be led by West Bengal CM on January 22, apprehending that it may affect communal harmony. The high court denied the plea and asked the state government to ensure that peace is not disrupted.

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday quashed BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari's plea to defer 'rally for harmony' led by West Bengal Chief Minister on January 22, the day when Ram Mandir consecration is scheduled. It, however, directed the state government to ensure that the rally does not cause any problem for the common people.

The division bench of Chief Justice TS Sivagnanam warned that if there is any unrest, the concerned political parties will be held responsible. "The march announced by the state government on January 22 will cause problems in normal public life. Therefore, the High Court has directed to ensure that such marches do not cause any problem to the people," the Chief Justice said adding, "Such cases are very common in this state."

On the other hand, the Advocate General, appearing for the state, said that 35 applications have been received for holding such functions in Kolkata. The Chief Justice mentioned that since the Ram Mandir inauguration is scheduled on the same date, the state government should ensure that no inflammatory remarks are made on the occasion and peace prevails.

The court further observed that police should not allow any procession without prior permission and clearly define the route of the processions. The police would have to ensure that every application mentions the procession route, court added.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to light Ram Jyoti and celebrate Diwali in their homes to commemorate Ram Mandir consecration on January 22. Countering this, Banerjee announced a 'rally for harmony' from Hazra to Park Circus on the same day. Adhikari approached the High Court seeking a stay on the rally saying it may affect communal harmony.

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