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Judge's order curbing rallies stayed

Student activists of Left wing parties take out a rally in Kolkata on Monday protesting against the High Court ban restricting rallies on weekdays. Even as the procession was on, news came that the single Judge's order had been stayed.

Student activists of Left wing parties take out a rally in Kolkata on Monday protesting against the High Court ban restricting rallies on weekdays. Even as the procession was on, news came that the single Judge's order had been stayed.  

KOLKATA OCT. 13. A Division Bench of the Calcutta High Court today stayed Justice Amitava Lala's order restricting rallies in the city on weekdays till further orders, even as West Bengal's ruling left coalition and its student and youth organisations staged a rally protesting against Mr. Justice Lala's order.

The Advocate-General, Balai Roy, moved the State Government's appeal before the Division Bench, comprising Justice Ashok Ganguly and Justice S.P. Talukdar.

In his affidavit, Mr. Roy said that several political parties as well as other organisations had sought permission from the Government as well as police to hold rallies in the city. The appeal sought a direction as well as a stay order on the single judge's ban.

The Bench asked the Government to file a paperbook in the case after the court re-opens on October 27 after the Durga Puja holidays.

"The Government is aware that the rights of political parties and other organisations should not be curtailed and the holding of rallies should not inconvenience the public," the Chief Minister, Buddadeb Bhattarcharjee, had said.

Meanwhile, nine student and youth organisations, led by the Democratic Youth Federation, a key outfit of the CPI(M), brought traffic to a standstill when hundreds of participants marched from the Kolkata University to Rani Rashmoni Avenue in central Kolkata.

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