Calcutta HC slams AG over state’s delayed response to BJP yatra
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Friday modified its Thursday order which put BJP yatra on hold till January 9, 2019. A division bench of Biswanath Somadder and Justice Arindam Mujkherjee slammed the attorney general over the delay from the state administration in responding to the communication by the BJP which is over a month old.
The bench ordered three top state administrative officials — Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Director General of Police — to sit with three BJP leaders by Wednesday, December 12 and fix the dates of the yatra. It said that all the problems need to be sorted out and a final decision on the dates of the yatra has to be taken by December 14.
Citing that the BJP had sent several letters since October 29, it said if the state administration had answered to at least one of those, the situation would have been different. The court also said that permission for carrying out a political programme should not be granted or denied depending upon the political colour.
State BJP president Dilip Ghosh welcomed Friday’s order and said, “We had always wanted to talk and find a solution if there was an apprehension. One week has been wasted unnecessarily. Now we hope good sense will prevail and state administrative officials would sit with us on the date stipulated by the court.”
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