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Calcutta HC Cancels Mamata Banerjee's Order On Durga Idol Immersion On Muharram

Last month, the WB govt issued an order saying that the immersion of Durga idols would not be allowed during Muharram.

21/09/2017 4:33 PM IST | Updated 21/09/2017 4:34 PM IST
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KOLKATA -- The Calcutta High Court on Thursday revoked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's order on Durga idol immersion and instructed the police to make separate routes for both Durga idol immersion and Muharram processions.

The court added that Durga idol immersion can continue till 12 am on all days, including on Muharram.

Earlier during the hearing, the court said that one cannot impose restrictions on the basis of a mere assumption of law and order disruption over the state government's notification.

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? Prohibition means that you are taking the last step first."

They further said, "If you (State Government) get a dream, that something will go wrong, you cannot impose restrictions."

Last month, the West Bengal government issued an order that cited that the immersion of Durga idols would not be allowed after 6 p.m. on September 30 and on 1 October, on the account of Muharram. The time was later extended to 10 p.m.

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