SHILLONG | Feb 15, 2019:

The Meghalaya High Court single bench today disposed of the petition filed by the Harijan Panchayat Committee against the setting up of the government’s High Level Committee to settle the dispute at Them Metor, Iew Mawlong and asked both parties to approach the Civil Court to resolve the matter.

While disposing off the petition filed by the Harijan Panchayat Committee here today, Justice SR Sen directed the government and all the other agencies not to disturb the petitioners in any manner.

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“If at all they (the State Government) 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,” Justice Sen stated in the judgment.

He further said that after hearing the submission of the legal counsel of both the parties, the Court is unable to decide the matter in its finality.

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The Court was 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 to both the parties to be heard.

“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,” Justice Sen said, adding, “With this observation and direction, this instant petition stands disposed of with liberty 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.”


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