The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday refused to interfere in West Bengal government’s decision to offer grants to puja committees for Durga Puja.
The Mamata Banerjee government had decided to give Rs 10,000 each to 28,000 Durga puja committees across the state – 3,000 in the city and 25,000 in the districts, costing the government an amount of Rs 28 crore.
The court had earlier last week directed the West Bengal government to put on hold the distribution of funds.
Advocate Sourabh Dutta had filed a PIL challenging the programme, stating that that such distribution of money among puja committees is ‘unconstitutional’, since it is not admissible on religious ground.
Opposing the prayer, state Advocate General Kishore Dutta had submitted that the fund was for the purpose of the state government’s ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ campaign and claimed that the PIL is as such not maintainable.
(With PTI inputs)