New Delhi, Dec 24: The Supreme Court on Monday declined to accord an urgent hearing on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s appeal against Calcutta High Court division bench order refusing the permission of its Rath Yatra in West Bengal.
The BJP moved the apex court seeking an urgent hearing of the matter even though it was already on winter vacation.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Debasish Kargupta and Justice Shampa Sarkar on December 21 quashed the single bench order of allowing the rath yatra.
The court sent the case back to the single bench with a directive that the latter consider the intelligence inputs provided by the state agencies.
Prior to this, the bench of Justice Tapobrata Chakraborty on December 20 gave conditional permission to the BJP and allowed three rath yatras, which were slated to be held on December 22, 24 and 26.
The Court had said that organisers will be liable for any untoward incident or damage to public property.
Following this, the Bengal government moved the division bench challenging the court order.
The state government had rejected BJP’s plea to hold the ‘Rath Yatra’, touted as the ‘save democracy rally’, saying there was “grave apprehension of major breach of peace and communal violence during and in the aftermath” of the event.
After the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) government had denied it permission, for the second time, to conduct the yatras in the state, the BJP approached the high court on December 17.
The saffron party 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.