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Government to look at HC order on Umling entry-exit point

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The state government would investigate the latest order of the High Court of Meghalaya against the entry-exit point at Umling, according to Law Minister James PK Sangma.

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The minister’s statement follows the High Court’s ruling that a government order restricting Indian citizens’ entry cannot be enforced.

Legality of the state’s entry-exit gates

According to a report by The Shillong times, after hearing a PIL challenging the constitutional legality of the state’s entry-exit gates, the division bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Judge W Diengdoh made the statement a few days ago. Gates were placed up at many sites, according to the petitioners, to screen those trying to enter the state.

They also claimed that “such check-posts may be illegal and the exercise of authority thereat may be completely arbitrary” without any objective boundaries for denying entry or controlling the movement of any citizen of the country in the state.

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Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma had previously stated that the entry-exit gate at Umling could not be shut down because it also serves as a checkpoint for the state and adheres to the COVID-19 protocols, and the state government would take necessary action in accordance with the Court’s order.

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