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The court cannot go into the inter-State dispute in view of Article 131 of Constitution: Gauhati High Court

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Gauhati Aug 12(ILNS): The Gauhati High Court clarified the above on August 10, while hearing the two PIL related to an unfortunate incident in which six police personnel and one civilian were killed and many others were injured.

The incident took place on the Assam-Mizoram border on July 27, 2021. It is alleged in the PILs that the firing was done by Mizoram Police, which resulted in these casualties. One of the PILs which has been filed by the Mizoram Bar Association alleged that the blockade which has been made by Assam on the Assam-Mizoram Border is causing hardship to the people of Mizoram, whereas the other PIL  has been filed for investigation by an independent agency.

The Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak has been informed that an FIR has also been filed and the investigation is presently on.

On Wednesday, D. Saikia, Advocate General of Assam, and D. Das, Advocate General of Mizoram were present in the High Court. Both of them have made a statement before the Court that as on date due to the efforts of both the Governments things are moving towards normalcy, and thus the  Advocate Generals of the respective States have requested that both the cases may be adjourned so that the matter may also be examined in the light of Article 131 of the Constitution of India.

The Court has also been informed that as of now there is no blockade, and goods are being carried by road from Assam to Mizoram and vice versa. However, at some places, Railway tracks have been damaged.

The Court adjourned the matter till 23rd August 2021 with the clarification that the High Court cannot go into the inter-State dispute in view of Article 131 of the Constitution of India.

“This Court may, however, look into the aspects of immediate law and order concern and other hardships which may require our immediate attention, which does not relate to the dispute between the two States”, the order reads./ILNS/SS/SNG

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