Allahabad HC takes serious view of Centre not filing reply

Allahabad HC takes serious view of Centre not filing reply
Lucknow: The Allahabad High Court has taken serious note of non-filing of reply by the Centre for over three months despite several opportunities in a sensitive case challenging the legality of detention of a person.
Initially, the Centre was granted four weeks on October 13 last year to file the reply by the High Court in a habeas corpus petition relating to the alleged detention of a person involved in meat business. Again on November 21, 2017, two more weeks were granted.
However, despite the expiry of a period of about three months, no counter affidavit by the Union of India till date, the court noted in its order passed yesterday. Habeas corpus plea relates to the legality of arrest or detention or imprisonment of a person. The Lucknow bench of HC was hearing a plea filed by Gonda resident Dilbahar, through his lawyers Amul Mani Tripathi and Vimlesh Mani Tripathi, who had filed the habeas corpus plea against his preventive detention.
A bench of Justices Dinesh Kumar Singh and D K Upadhyaya said, "we cannot appreciate the situation that even in a period of three months, counter affidavit could not be filed.
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