Calcutta High Court lifts Didi's idol immersion ban

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Calcutta High Court lifts Didi's idol immersion ban

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday allowed immersion of Durga idols on all days from "Vijayadashami" on 30 September, including on the day of Muharram on 1 October and directed the state government to make necessary security arrangements.

The West Bengal government may decide to approach the Supreme Court against a decision by the Calcutta high court that put on hold a controversial order restricting the immersion of idols on Durga Puja on account of Muharram. A division bench of the High Court, comprising of Justice Rakesh Tiwari and Harish Tandon, directed that the idol immersion should be allowed by the state government on all days. In remarks that were scathing the court said "just because you are running the state, it does not mean that you can pass arbitrary orders". Later, while inaugurating a popular pandal in south Kolkata, she said that the state administration will not hesitate to take strong action again those trying to instigate violence. It asked about the apprehension on the basis of which the ban was imposed. "Also, someone can slit my throat, but no one can tell me what to do". It said it was unfair to interfere in people's religious freedom. Chief Minister had said earlier that the government will be permit immersion of Goddess Durga till 6 pm on Dashami. Banerjee had said that there would be thousands of people on the streets and restrictions would help maintain order. After the final disposal of the case, the order of the court could be used for future reference if there is any clash of dates between Muharrum and Durga Puja. "This is not the first time that the court has slapped the state government for its attempted high-handedness".

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

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