Durga Idol Immersion: Calcutta HC Raps Mamata Banerjee Again, Says State Govt Using Extreme Powers Without Any Basis
Kolkata, Sept 21: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday yet again rapped the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal over its directive imposing restrictions on Dugra idol immersion as the date clashed with Muharram. The Acting Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court said that Mamata was misusing extreme powers by passing such orders. The court said that powers were being used without any basis. Mamata had issued a notification stating there would be no idol immersion on October 1, which is also Muharram.
“There is a difference between regulation and prohibition. You are exercising extreme power without any basis. Just because you are the state, can you pass arbitrary order? If you get a dream, that something will go wrong, you cannot impose restrictions,” the judge said. The court will pronounce its verdict on the petition filed against the order at 2 pm today.
Earlier on Wednesday, too, the Calcutta High Court had said that the Mamata administration should not create communal distinction and let people live in harmony. The court also asked why two communities cannot celebrate together. “When you (state government) are firm, there is communal harmony in the state. Why are you creating communal distinction between the two? Let them live in harmony. Do not create a line between them. Let them live together,” the court had observed.
The court was hearing a plea seeking permission that immersion be allowed till 1:36 am on October 1 in accordance with the Hindu almanac. The petitioner had submitted before the court that according to a Hindu almanac, Vijaya Dashami will continue till 1.36 am on October 1, on which date Muharram is to be observed.
The state government told the court that it has allowed immersion of idols on Vijaya Dashami at the end of the five-day Durga Puja celebrations till 10.00 pm to ensure law and order. No immersion was is allowed on October 1. THe immersion can resume on October 2, said the state government in its order.