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Calcutta HC denies to issue Order against display of shoes at Durga Puja Pandal

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Chaini Parwani –

Published On: October 15, 2021 at 16:05 IST

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday denied to approve any order on a Plea against display of shoes as part of theme at a Durga Puja Pandal in Kolkata.

A Bench comprising of Justice Kausik Chanda informed the Lake Town police station to lodge a report on a further date of hearing with consideration to the progress of probe of the case filed before it.

Justice Chanda stated, “I am not inclined to pass any order on this application for removal of the shoes since such order may amount to grant of the final relief.”

The Petitioner highlighted that by exhibiting shoes, sheer disrespect has been shown to Goddess Durga, and it has harmed the religious sentiment of people.

Advocate General S N Mookerjee, representing the state, argued that “the shoes have been displayed only in the thematic part of the marquee, which has been decorated with footwear as a symbol of protest by farmers”.

Further Advocate Mookerjee observed that in the sanctum sanctorum, there are no shoes on display and that a distance of about 11 feet was been kept between the thematic part of the pandal to the space where the Goddess was being worshipped.

Furthermore, Mookerjee informed that a case has already been registered on the basis of a complaint under Sections 153A/506/34 of the Indian Penal Code by Lake Town police station.

The Court further adjourned the case for a hearing on October 25.

Case title – Santanu Singha @ Santanu Sinha Vs State of West Bengal & Ors.