HC Resumes Hearing BJP’s Rath Yatra Petition

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Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday, 19 December, resumed hearing BJP’s Rath Yatra petition. Supreme Court lawyer Anand Grover placed arguments in court on behalf of police.

The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party to provide three tentative dates for its proposed Rath Yatra in Bengal and submit a list of self-restrictions to be followed during the rally.

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.