Kolkata HC allows RSS to hold rally in city, imposes certain conditions

The court order comes after RSS?filed a petition in Calcutta High Court seeking permission to hold the rally after police refusal

Kolkata HC allows RSS to hold rally in city, imposes certain conditions

A day after Kolkata police denied permission for RSS rally in the city, the High Court on Friday granted permission to hold the rally at the Brigade Parade Ground on January 14, news agencies said.





However, imposing certain restrictions, the court said the rally should be attended only by invitees and not outsiders.

The strength of the crowd should not exceed 4,000 people and the rally should be held between 2 pm and 6 pm, the court added.

The court order comes after RSS filed a petition in Calcutta High Court seeking permission to hold the rally, which is scheduled to be addressed by RSS chief Mohan Bhagawat.

“We have been functioning in Kolkata since 1939 but never have we faced such a hostile administration. We first asked for Bhukailash Maidan (Kidderpore). The police didn’t allow it,” RSS Bengal chief Bidyut Mukherjee was quoted in media reports as saying earlier.

“Then we sought permission for Brigade Parade Ground, which too wasn’t granted,” he added.

The scheduled RSS rally comes on the same day of Makar Sankranti. A senior government official said the government is watching the situation closely as here are chances that RSS will utilise the opportunity to stoke communal tension in the state, The Indian Express reported.