HC directs BJP to seek Fire Service, KMC permission for rally

The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed the BJP to apply for its party president Amit Shah's November 30 rally before the Fire Services Department and Kolkata Municipal Corporation before seeking the nod of the Kolkata Police.

PTI| Last Updated: Nov 25, 2014, 19:20 PM IST

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed the BJP to apply for its party president Amit Shah's November 30 rally before the Fire Services Department and Kolkata Municipal Corporation before seeking the nod of the Kolkata Police.

Justice Debangshu Basak, hearing a petition by the BJP's West Bengal unit claiming discrimination by the police authorities against it in giving permission, directed the party to apply to the Fire Brigade and KMC by today.

Justice Basak directed the Fire Service Department and KMC to inform the BJP by November 27 whether permission was granted or not with proper reasons.

If the permission is granted, the saffron party would then have to apply to the Kolkata Police (KP) for necessary permission to hold the public meeting.

The police was directed to act on the application in accordance with law.

The BJP had earlier moved the high court claiming refusal of permission by Kolkata Police, following which it had directed the police commissioner to sit with the state BJP leadership and inform the court about the outcome.

The commissioner had told the court that the BJP had not followed prescribed norm of taking fire service and KMC permission before seeking its nod.