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Calcutta High Court disapproves Mamata Government's Durga idol immersion order
The Calcutta High Court on Thursday nullified Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal Government's ban over immersion of Durga idols, saying that the state cannot pass such orders "arbitrarily".

While hearing the multiple petitions challenging the restriction on the immersion of Goddess Durga idols, the court has now allowed the immersion of idols till 12 am on all days, including Muharram and further directed the state police to designate routes for immersion and 'Tajia' procession (an Islamic celebration).

Taking a dig at state government, the court said, "You are exercising extreme power without any basis," further adding, "Just because you are the state, can you pass arbitrary order?"

Meanwhile, the HC also said that the government must provide "concrete grounds" for its decisions.

A bench chaired by acting Chief Justice Rakesh Tiwary told the Mamata government, "If you get a dream, that something will go wrong, you cannot impose restrictions." The bench further observed, "There is a difference between regulation and prohibition."

Earlier, the state government had imposed restrictions on Durga idol immersions by fixing an official schedule over it. Regarding this, the government had issued an order which stated that Durga idols would have to be immersed by 6 pm on September 30 and no immersionwould be allowed on October 1 on account of Muharram, and will again be permitted on October 2.

According to media reports, three PILs were filed in the Calcutta High Court challenging Mamata Banerjee government's order by saying that this was an attempt to create trouble between two communities.

While, the West Bengal government had said that an official schedule for the immersion of idols and Tajia procession was fixed to ensure the law and order in the state.

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