New Delhi, Jan 15: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to give permission for the Bharatiya Janata Party ’s rath yatra in West Bengal.
The Apex Court, however, said that the BJP state unit can conduct meetings and rallies.
“If BJP comes out with a revised plan of fresh Yatra, that may be considered afresh later”, the Bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices L Nageswara Rao and Sanjay Kishan Kaul said.
The top court was hearing a petition of the BJP challenging an order of the division bench of the Calcutta High Court, which had quashed the ruling of a single-judge bench allowing the Yatra.
The court observed that the West Bengal government’s apprehensions of law and order disturbance due to the rath yatra, were not “unfounded” and the saffron party has to address that apprehension.
The BJP was originally scheduled to carry out three Rath Yatra rallies from north Bengal’s Cooch Behar, South 24 Parganas district’s Gangasagar and Birbhum district’s temple town of Tarapith, flagged off by party chief Amit Shah on December 7, 9 and 14 respectively.
With the Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government deneying permission for the rallies citing “grave apprehension of major breach of peace and communal violence”, the saffron party moved a single bench of the High Court on December 17 proposing December 22, 24 and 26 as fresh dates for the three yatras.
Following this, the single bench gave the conditional go-ahead, saying the party should not create any trouble during their movement, the Banerjee government approached a division bench challenging the court’s nod.