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SC refuses to stay WB decision to grant Rs 28 cr to Durga puja committees

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Friday refused to stay the decision of the government to grant Rs 28 crore to 28,000 puja committees across the state.

A bench of Justices and Deepak Gupta, however, issued notice to the on a plea challenging the decision to grant Rs 10,000 each to 28,000 Puja committees, and sought its reply within six weeks.

Senior Kapil Sibal, appearing for the state government, said the money has not been directly paid to puja committees and has been given through the

The top court was hearing a petition filed by Sourav Dutta, challenging the Mamata Banerjee government's decision to dole out Rs 28 crore to puja committees in the state for Puja celebrations.

On September 10, Banerjee had declared that Rs 10,000 would be given to each of the 28,000 puja committees across the state --3,000 in the city and 25,000 in the districts, costing the government Rs 28 crore.

The had on October 10 refused to interfere with the state government's decision to grant the amount to puja committees in the state.

The plea said the was indulging in practices which were against principles of secularism, which are part of the basic structure of the Constitution.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 13:10 IST
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