Sought to be dislodged from the areas they have been residing in for decades, a group of Sikhs from Shillong has moved to the Supreme Court against an order of the state high court, asking them to furnish information to the state to establish their claim.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice NV Ramana on Monday issued a notice to the Meghalaya Govt. after senior counsel PS Patwalia questioned the order passed by the state high court in a review petition filed by the state govt.
The top court asked the Meghalaya Govt. to respond to the petition filed by Harijan Panchayat Committee led by Gurjit Singh challenging the HC passed the order in the review petition.
The petitioners contended that the HC could not have passed such an order in a review petition as the scope of a review petition is only limited to the errors in order and no fresh issue can be agitated.
It all started on June 4, 2018, when the Govt. of Meghalaya set up a committee to relocate the residents of Punjabi Colony, Sweeper Colony and Bara Bazaar in Shillong where Mazhbi (Scheduled Caste) Sikhs working in different places as “safaiwalas” or sweepers.
Updated by: Newsner Source 2019-08-20 3:08 PM