Calcutta High Court Rejects Plea Requesting Arms License on Basis of Imminent Threats

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The petitioner, a civilian, filed a plea before the Calcutta High Court requesting an arms license. He filed the writ petition under Sections 13 and 14 of the Arms Act, 1959.

Facts of the Case

The petitioner sought the help of the Court and requests the grant an arms license. The petitioner is a part of a political party and is a businessman by profession. He claimed that he receives threats owing to the situations he is living in and his profession. The petitioner first applied before the District Magistrate General at Nadia. The District Magistrate rejected it after investigation. The investigation showed no imminent threats. Hence, the Magistrate General rejected the application.

Disappointed with the rejection, the petitioner approached the High Court. He filed a writ petition placing the same request before the Court.

Court’s Decision

After careful consideration of the arguments, the Court decided the following:

The opposing counsel states that the investigation shows no threat to the petitioner. The Court analyzed the reasoning presented and the sections of the Arms Act. It mentioned that the sessions judges receive threats even after retirement. Yet, they do not need arms licenses. Hence, there are no merits to grant permission and the petition stands rejected.


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