Cal­cutta HC slams AG over state’s de­layed re­sponse to BJP ya­tra

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Ar­shad Ali ar­[email protected]­dia.net

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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Cal­cutta High Court

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