Calcutta, Sept. 9: The high court today adjourned to September 26 a hearing of the contempt petition demanding action against the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha for observing a bandh in violation of an earlier order.
The case was deferred after government pleader, Ashok Banerjee, had informed the division bench of Chief Justice A.K. Mishra and Justice Joymalya Bagchi that the Morcha had already filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court against the high court order passed on August 24.
The Morcha had been asked to pay compensation for the damages caused by the closure in the August 24 order.
The high court division bench, however, asked the Morcha to file an affidavit on September 26, clarifying why contempt proceedings should not be taken against it for observing the bandh even after the ban order. The Morcha was also asked to file a separate affidavit stating its views on the state’s claim that it had suffered a loss of Rs 69.16 crore in August because of the bandh.
The All India Namasudra Bikash Parishad has called a 12-hour general strike in Siliguri subdivision on Tuesday, demanding the arrest of Morcha president Bimal Gurung for organising a movement and “trying to divide the state”.