Lawyer Saurabh Dutta told the bench that the decision of the state government was against the established principle of law and sought an urgent hearing on his plea.
The Supreme Court agreed to hear on Friday an appeal challenging the West Bengal government’s decision to grant Rs 10,000 each to puja committees in the state for Durga Puja celebrations.
The Calcutta High Court had on Wednesday refused to interfere with the Mamata Banerjee government’s decision of granting funds to 28,000 Durga Puja committees in the state, saying the legislature is the appropriate forum to decide on such expenditure. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph was apprised about the same Thursday.
Lawyer Saurabh Dutta, who had filed an appeal against the high court’s decision, told the bench that the decision of the state government was against the established principle of law and sought an urgent hearing on his plea.
In his plea, the petitioner had challenged the government’s decision to disburse funds to the tune of Rs 28 crore, claiming it was a dole to puja committees and had no public purpose. He also claimed that providing funds to puja committees is a violation of the secular structure of the Constitution.
On September 10, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had declared that Rs 10,000 would be given to each of the 28,000 puja committees acro...