Rath Yatra In West Bengal: SC Agrees To Hear BJP Plea On January 7

Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear on January 7 the West Bengal BJP’s plea against a Calcutta High Court order not allowing its Rath Yatra in the state.

The matter was mentioned for urgent hearing before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul which agreed to hear it on January 7.

The party had approached the court seeking permission to hold the campaign ‘Save Democracy Rally’, which would cover 42 parliamentary constituencies in the state ahead of the 2019 general elections.

It had challenged the December 21 order of a division bench of the high court which had set aside the order of a single judge allowing the yatra.

In the plea, the BJP said their fundamental right to hold a peaceful yatra cannot be withheld.

The party had planned to launch the yatra from three districts of the state. The high court’s division bench had earlier sent the case back to the single judge to hear it afresh and also to consider intelligence inputs by state agencies.

The order of the division bench had come after hearing an appeal moved by the West Bengal government challenging the order of the single judge.

In the plea filed in the Supreme Court, the BJP’s West Bengal unit contended that authorities cannot abridge their right and they have a duty to facilitate them in exercising their democratic right.

The plea alleged that the state government was repeatedly “attacking” the fundamental right of citizens due to which different petitions were filed challenging the activities of the state government in denying permission to different organisations and the top court has allowed the citizens to organise their events.

It claimed that earlier also, permission was denied several times at the last moment to “harass the BJP” which later moved the high court and that the party “is facing such political vendetta since 2014 in West Bengal”.