Rath ya­tra row: BJP files caveat in SC

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - POLITICS POLICY -

Kolkata/Cooch Be­har: BJP’s Ben­gal unit has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court to en­sure that it does not go un­heard in case the Ma­mata Baner­jee gov­ern­ment ap­peals against the Cal­cutta high court or­der on the party’s rath ya­tra pro­gramme.

A di­vi­sion bench of Jus­tice Biswanath So­mad­der and Jus­tice Arindam Mukher­jee had on Fri­day di­rected the Ben­gal gov­ern­ment to talk to BJP and an­nounce its de­ci­sion on the pro­gramme by next week. In do­ing so, the bench over­turned a sin­gle-bench or­der putting the rath ya­tra on hold till Jan­uary 9. “We fear the Ben­gal gov­ern­ment may move SC against the HC or­der and have filed a caveat so that we get a hear­ing (if that hap­pens),” Ben­gal BJP pres­i­dent Dilip Ghosh said.

BJP’s le­gal move co­in­cided with a party del­e­ga­tion call­ing on state chief sec­re­tary Moloy De. “We asked him to give us a date be­fore De­cem­ber 12,” leader Mukul Roy said.

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