Calcutta HC lifts Bengal ban on Durga idol immersion

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Calcutta High Court on Thursday reversed the West Bengal government's order postponing the immersion of Durga idol by a day keeping Muharram procession planned for the same day in mind. The High Court has dismissed the notification of the Mamta Government while rejecting the order of the state government on the ban on immersion of Durga statues on the day of Muharram.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has given a very strict statement on the decision to immerse the Durga statue on the day of the Calcutta High Court's Muharram.

While condemning the critics accusing Muslim appeasement, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that it is humiliating to her.

"There is no question of any tension.We all owe a duty towards both the communities to ensure that the religious occasions are observed peacefully", he told reporters here.

On Friday afternoon, Banerjee convened a high-level meeting with Trinamool Congress ministers, MLAs and MPs from Kolkata and its neighbouring districts at Nabanna, the state secretariat, for a way-out. The police administration has been asked to get prepared with two alternative routes for processions as Muharram and Durga Puja are coinciding festivals in advance. "He advised the state government not to approach the apex court on technical grounds".

Acting Chief Justice of Rakesh Tiwary of Calcutta High Court asked the State Government, "Just because you are the state, can you pass arbitrary order? If you get a dream, that something will go wrong, you can not impose restrictions", the Acting Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court said. The high court stated that the other directions would not come into effect if the immersion is not found permissible. "So the order has been in our favour", Kalyan Banerjee said.

The decision started a controversy as BJP and RSS termed the state's order as unconstitutional. Now, the state government has to decide whether immersion is permissible on Muharram or not.

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