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.
Calcutta HC allows Durga idols' immersion till 12am on all days incl Muharram,asks Police to ensure routes are designated fr immersion&Tazia pic.twitter.com/QzrDvWJOiQ— ANI (@ANI) September 21, 2017
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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