Calcutta HC flays Bengal govt over bike rallies

Calcutta HC flays Bengal govt over bike rallies

The Calcutta High Court on Saturday lambasted the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal for failing to stop motorcycle rallies for election campaigning.

The high court had earlier ordered a ban on motorcycles following allegations that use of a large number of two-wheelers in campaigning was intimidating voters across the state. Bengal is holding panchayat elections in five phases. The first phase of polls was conducted on Thursday and the second phase is scheduled for Monday.

Expressing his displeasure in strong words, Justice Sanjib Banerjee asked the state government to explain why its July 10 order was not followed, adding that a clarification should come in the form of an affidavit on Monday from the state’s chief secretary and home secretary.

The court ordered on July 10 that only one motorcycle could be used for campaigning. Up to three motorcycles could be used with official permission from the police station concerned.

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