In view of the Corona crisis in West Bengal, the Calcutta High Court passed a new order on the fifth day of Navratri. In this, the High Court bench refused to remove the ban on devotees going inside the pandals to visit Maa Durga. However, the number of organizers present in the pandal has increased slightly. Now a maximum of 60 people will be allowed in big pandals and a maximum of 15 people in small pandals. This list will have to be shared with the police in advance. Also, it will be mandatory to hang the list outside the pandal.
The Calcutta High Court gave this order on Wednesday (October 21, 2020) after hearing a petition filed by 400 worship organizers of Kolkata. A division bench of Justice Sanjeev Banerjee and Justice Arijit Banerjee relaxed its earlier order, saying that the organizers would have to give the list of people entering the pandal to the police every day. This list will have to be hung outside the pandal at 8 am.
The court has only allowed the organizers to enter the pandal. There will be a complete ban on the entry of devotees. All puja pandals will continue to be containment zones. That is, those who visit darshan will not be allowed to go to the pandal. The order was given by the bench of Calcutta High Court on 19 October. The court has said in its new order that it will not be allowed to play sindoor in the pandal.
It will be relevant to say here that 60 people will be able to go to the same puja pandals, whose area will be more than 300 square meters. However, only 45 people will be able to enter the pandal at a time. At the same time, 15 people will be allowed inside small pandals. Earlier, the court said on Monday that only the organizers would be allowed to stay inside the pandal. Due to the Corona epidemic, this number was limited to 25 for larger pandals and 15 for smaller pandals.
The bench of the Calcutta High Court had also said that barricading would have to be done near every puja pandal. Also, the court had made it mandatory to set up a board for the prohibition of entry. It was said that the entry of anyone within the radius of five meters from the small puja pandal and 10 meters from the big puja pandal will be completely banned. The bench had said that visitors will be able to see the idol of Maa Durga only through a virtual medium.
MP Kalyan Banerjee's petition dismissed
The High Court dismissed the petition of advocate and MP Kalyan Banerjee. During the hearing of the case, Kalyan Banerjee appealed to the Calcutta High Court to allow him to attend Anjali, Sindoor at various stages and participate in the Dashami festival. It is said that for Anjali, different people should be allowed to participate in three phases at seven o'clock, eight o'clock, and nine o'clock. The bench refused to give any order on it.