According to him, the high court in its ruling rather empowered the state government and its police, administration to decide the immersion modalities. "The state government is empowered to take the call on whether it is conducive to allow immersion on October 1 or not".
The Calcutta High Court today allowed immersion of Durga idols on all days from Vijayadashami on the 30th of this month, including on Muharram, and directed the West Bengal government to make necessary security arrangements.
The meeting comes a day after Calcutta High Court set aside the state government's order barring idol immersion on October 1 in view of Muharram. The home secretary said that depending on the situation, the police will act and issue clearance and those who meet the guidelines will be allowed to hold the immersion on October 1, while those unfit as per police report will have to do it on some other day. According to police sources, police will have the right to turn down any application if it feels that the immersion procession might lead to law and order problems.
Turning the table he argued that the high court's ruling did not go against the state government.
While condemning the critics accusing Muslim appeasement, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that it is humiliating to her.
During the hearing, the court said that one can not impose restrictions on the basis of a mere assumption of law and order disruption over the state government's notification.
The state government had banned idol immersion after 10 pm on September 30 and said there would be no immersion on October 1 because of Muharrum. During the hearing on Wednesday, the court had made a strong comment on Mamta's government about this order. Do not create a line between them.
Mamata Banerjee had angrily reacted to the Calcutta High Court's verdict on Durga idol immersion on Thrusday. The police administration has been asked to get prepared with two alternative routes for processions as Muharram and Durga Puja are coinciding festivals in advance.