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Kerala HC refuses to Stay Implementation of the Draft Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation 2021

Lawstreet Journal 29 May 2021 8:02pm

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The Kerala High Court refused to suspend the Draft Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation 2021 (LDAR) from taking effect, giving the Lakshadweep Administration two weeks to reply to a public interest lawsuit challenging the Regulation.

A Division Bench of Justices K Vinod Chandran and MR Anitha heard a plea filed by Congress politician KP Noushad Ali, challenging the LDAR and the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act (PASA) enacted on Lakshadweep's island.

Additional Solicitor General KM Nataraj requested time to answer on behalf of the Union Territory Administration and other respondents at today's session.

The Court also declined to halt the Regulation's implementation, giving the respondents two weeks. Advocate Anoop Nair, the petitioner's counsel, urged that the Administration not be permitted to do anything in the meantime. Justice Vinod Chandran said, "Nothing is being done... it's a policy matter." "Why, unnecessarily...(inaudible)", said the Judge. Continuing on this subject, the Judge went on to explain how his comments about a case involving Lakshadweep's judiciary were misinterpreted.

"It was a judicial order the last time, and I received orders from the CJ. I expressly stated that I am not referring to media stories, but rather to the judicial (side)...we were given precise instructions...unnecessarily, things are being discussed!"

The Court stated that no order would be made today and that the case will be heard in two weeks.

The petition, filed by Representative KP Noushad Ali, challenges the Administrator's improper involvement in the island of Lakshadweep's social, political, and cultural reality.

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