Nod for immersion on Muharram if situation found fit: West Bengal government

Posted September 23, 2017

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 new order by the chief minister requires prior police permission for the idol immersion in her state on October 1 (Muharram).

West Bengal home secretary Atri Bhattacharya said on Friday that state government will decide whether clearance will be given to community puja organisers for holding immersion on the day of Muharram.

The court, in its ruling, had added that Durga idol immersion can continue till 12 a.m. on all days, including on Muharram.

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City Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who was also present at the press conference, said that around 2,600 pujas would be held in the city and no organiser has applied for permission for immersion on the day of "Ekadashi" on October 1 which coincides with Muharram. "If you get a dream, that something will go wrong, you can not impose restrictions", the Acting Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court said. Earlier, there were reports that the state would move the top court against the verdict. It was decided in the high-level meeting on Friday that if any puja organizer insisted on immersing the idol October 1, submission of application to the local police station needs to be done in advance. "Let them live together", the High Court said.

The state government's decision was taken at a meeting chaired by the chief minister after her government chose to not challenge the high court's landmark ruling at the apex court to avoid further controversy. VHP on Sashtra PujanIn another jolt to state government, Vishwa Hindu Parishad has got permission from Calcutta High Court for "Sashtra pujan".

"Just because you are running the state does not mean that you can pass arbitrary order".

A division bench of Justice Rakesh Tiwari and Justice Harish Tandon ordered the state government on Thursday to plan the routes of Muharrum's procession and idol immersion separately and in such a way that those did not overlap.