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W Bengal govt seeks HC direction

West Bengal government on Monday pleaded before the Calcutta high court to ask the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) to pay Rs 69.163 crore as compensation for losses caused to public and private property during its agitation demanding a separate state in the Darjeeling Hills.

Submitting a report before a division bench comprising Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Joymalyo Bagchi, the government pleaded that GJM be asked ‘to pay a compensation of Rs 69.163 crore to the state as well as the public and private property who suffered losses immediately by GJM.’

The division bench, however, adjourned the hearing till 26 September in the PIL against the agitation called by GJM in Darjeeling Hills and directed all parties in the matter to file affidavits stating their position.

The GJM counsel informed the bench that the Hills party has moved a Special Leave Petition (SLP) challenging its earlier directions on maintenance of normalcy in the Hills.

The bench had also asked GJM to explain why it should not be asked to compensate for losses to public and private property in violence during their agitation.

With the GJM counsel informing the bench that the Supreme Court has fixed the matter for hearing on 16 September, the division bench adjourned the hearing in the matter till 26 September and directed all parties to file affidavits in the meantime, stating their position on the petitioner’s plea that GJM has violated the court’s order on maintaining normalcy in the Hills.


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