Friday, January 22, 2021

SC gives 2 weeks time to Centre, State on delimitation

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NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 3: The Supreme Court on Monday granted 2 weeks to the Centre, Assam Government and others as a last chance to file their replies on a batch of pleas which have raised the issues concerning delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies in the State.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said if the replies are not filed within 2 weeks, the apex Court would proceed in the matter.
The Counsel appearing for one of the petitioners told the Bench that notice was issued earlier in the matter but no replies have been filed and the delimitation exercise is going on.
“We will hear you after the reply. If reply is not filed in 2 weeks then we will proceed without the reply”, said the Bench, also comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.
“At the request of Counsel appearing for the respondents/states, as a last chance, 2 weeks’ time is granted to the respondent-states to file reply affidavit. Put up thereafter”, the Bench said in its order.
Some of the petitions in the apex Court have also raised the issue regarding the process of delimitation in Nagaland and Manipur.
One of the pleas, filed by 2 Assam residents, has claimed that delimitation exercise in the State is sought to be conducted on the basis of Census 2001 despite the fact that Census 2011 has already been conducted.
It said that delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies in Assam be deferred until the completion of Census 2021 so that the most recent population figures are available for this exercise. (PTI)