Kolkata: On Thursday, the Calcutta High Court overruled West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s order of immersion of Durga idols. The High Court ordered to designate separate routes for Durga idol immersion and Muharram processions and ensure security for both.
The High Court has permitted for Durga idol immersion till 12 a.m. on all days including on Muharram and banned the idol immersion after 10 p.m. on September 30 – Dashami, during the end of Durga Puja. As following day on October 1, the Muslim community will mark Muharram.
“There is a difference between regulation and prohibition. You are exercising extreme power without any basis. Just because you are the state, you think you can pass an arbitrary order? Only because you dreamt that something will go wrong, you cannot impose restrictions,” Acting Chief Justice Rakesh Tiwary said to West Bengal state government.
“If you dream that something will go wrong, you cannot impose restrictions,” said the judges.
“People have the right to practice their religious activities, whichever community they may be of, and the state cannot put restrictions, unless it has a concrete ground to believe that two communities cannot live together,” said Justice Tiwary.