Calcutta HC Solicits Lalbazar Meeting Video On BJP’s Rath-Yatra


Kolkata: Calcutta High Court on Tuesday asked for the video of the Rath Yatra meeting that took place at Lalbazar headquarter.

A BJP delegation comprising party leaders Dilip Ghosh, Mukul Roy and Kailash Vijayvargiya met top officials of the state administration at Lalbazar, following the order of Calcutta High Court.

Chief Secretary Malay De, Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya and Director General of Police Virendra were present at the meeting on behalf of the state government.

The BJP had moved court with a fresh plea on Monday after the Bengal government denied permission for the statewide rally, also known as ‘Ganatantra Bachao Yatra’ (save democracy rally), earlier this week, stating there was “grave apprehension of major breach of peace and communal violence during and in the aftermath” of the programme.

The single judge bench further instructed the Advocate-General of the state to submit video recordings of the meeting held between the state government officials and a BJP delegation on December 13 to find a solution to the impasse.Hearing in the matter is slated to continue on Wednesday.

The saffron outfit was originally scheduled to hold three ‘rath yatras’ from north Bengal’s Cooch Behar, South 24 Parganas district’s Gangasagar and Birbhum district’s temple town of Tarapith on December 6, 9 and 14 respectively but was denied permission by a single judge bench of the Calcutta High Court.