BREAKING: State BJP Files Caveat In SC Over Ratha-Yatra

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Kolkata: West Bengal BJP has filed a caveat in Supreme Court today in connection with the order passed by Calcutta High Court division bench in connection with BJP’s yatra order. Now the state govt will have to give a notice to BJP if they move an application to SC against HC bench order.

Earlier, A Division Bench of the Calcutta High Court on Friday asked the Chief Secretary, the Home Secretary and the Director General of Police of West Bengal to hold a meeting with three representatives of the BJP to discuss plans to conduct three legs of a ‘rath yatra.’
“The order passed by the Single Bench is a grave error of law. I propose to modify its order,” said Justice Biswanath Samaddar.

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Earlier in the day, hearing the BJP’s appeal on taking out multiple rallies with buses as “raths” (chariots) in the front, the Division Bench told the BJP’s counsel that the party had merely appealed to meet the Home Secretary in its first letter on October 29.

However, there was no mention of permission for a “yatra”. “You merely wanted to meet him and apprise him of the modalities,” the Bench noted.

Following Thursday’s refusal of permission for a “rath yatra” by the Single Bench, the Division Bench of Justices Samaddar and Arindam Mukherjee accepted the BJP’s appeal against the Single Bench order, which put on hold Friday’s “rath yatra” in Coochbehar district and other related rallies till January 9.