KOLKATA: Calcutta High Court has asked the state “to strictly adhere” to its own notification passed in March this year, banning all forms of manja in the city. The order was passed by the bench of Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee.
Writ petitioner, Karunamoyee Samanta, had filed a PIL in this regard. “We had called for reports from the commissioner of police, Kolkata and also from the commissioner, department of environment, government of West Bengal. Such reports have been filed. We have perused the reports. It is clear from the aforesaid reports that pursuant to an order passed by the National Green Tribunal, a complete ban has been imposed on the use of Chinese/nylon/plastic manja or thread for kite flying. To this end, a notification has been issued by the state government… We, however, observe that the notification issued by the State Government shall be strictly adhered to by the administration and will be given full effect,” the order stated.