Calcutta HC stays financial grant to Puja Committes, Mamata says money already disbursed

Calcutta High Court on Friday stayed the ‘disbursement of money’ to the Puja committees in the form of a grant by the West Bengal government for organizing Durga Puja. Hearing a public interest litigation (PIL), the bench of Calcutta High Court comprising acting chief justice Debasish Kar Gupta and justice Shampa Sarkar directed the government to restrain ‘from disbursing any amount of money further to any club or Puja Committee’ till the next date of hearing. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee , while addressing a meeting with the Puja Organisers in Kolkata on September 10, announced Rs 10,000 garnt from the government to at least 28,000 puja committees across the state. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that the government would spend Rs 28 crore to provide the financial assistance to the Puja committees. Responding to the court’s order Banerjee said that she respected the court, but she had announced this almost a month back and money had already been disbursed.

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