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Calcutta High Court flays Bengal Government over immersion ban on Muharram

Calcutta High court probed on what basis the state was imposing constraint and rule on the immersion.


KOLKATA: The Calcutta High Court on this Wednesday told the Bengal government that it would not block a citizen’s legal right to practice religious conviction on the simple assumption that there could be a disturbance of law and order.

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“Let them (Hindus and Muslims) live in accord, do not make a line amid them,” acting chief justice Rakesh Tiwary stated, mentioning to the government’s decision to prohibit the immersion of Durga Devi idols on October 1st when Muharram would be witnessed.

The acting chief justice had requested the state government to deliver a “solid ground” for its conclusion to stop immersion of Durga idols after 10 pm on September 30 (Vijaya Dashami day) and prohibit it totally on October 1. “The administration is whacking its incapability by imposing limitations,” he stated.

The workbench hearing three PILs, which have faced the restrictions enforced on immersion of idols, is predictable to give its decision on Thursday. But its explanations on Wednesday were definite: a mere hypothesis that a law-and-order situation might ascend since Dashami and Muharram fell on successive days could not be the base of imposing limits on immersion timings.

“If you say there is the whole harmony, are you (the state administration) not forming a line of separation amid the two communities by your action?” questioned Justice Harish Tandon.

“People have the right to practice their spiritual activities, whichever community they might be from, and the state cannot put limitations unless it has a solid ground to consider that two communities cannot live together,” the acting chief justice stated.

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