SHILLONG | Mar 01, 2019:

Urban Affairs Minister Hamletson Dohling today informed that the Government will take a call on the ruling of the High Court on the Them Metor issue after the Council elections.

“The High Court has given the Government the option to approach the civil court to seek redressal on this long pending issue,” Dohling said while talking to reporters here on Friday.

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He said that the Government would soon meet to deliberate on this issue and to decide on the way forward to proceed ahead with this matter.

According to him, the meeting of the High Level Committee (HLC) would soon be held after the Council polls.

“The HLC would deliberate in details on the ruling given by the High Court,” he said.

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Earlier, the High Court of Meghalaya has entrusted the Civil Court to solve the dispute over Harijan Colony.

During the hearing of the pending case recently, Justice SR Sen had said the Civil Court would be the right forum since the matter is civil in nature.

“After hearing the submission advanced by the learned counsels for the parties, I and that this Court is unable to decide the matter in its finality and I am of the view that the matter is purely civil in nature, so it needs to be addressed by the Civil Court after taking appropriate evidence on record and giving fair and equal opportunity toboth the parties to be heard”, the court said.

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According to the court, it is a settled principle of law that nobody can be removed or evicted without due process of law “even if he is illegally settled or legally settled”.

The court also directed the government and all the other agencies not to disturb the petitioners in any manner and “if at all they want to evict or remove them, they are to approach the Civil Court and the Civil Court will pass a proper judgment after giving equal opportunity to both the parties and decide the title in accordance with law”.

The court disposed of the petition giving liberty for the petitioners to approach the High Court, if necessary in future.

“District administration is directed to arrange security to the petitioners and to maintain law and order”, the order said.



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