GJM may move SC against HC order

Darjeeling, Aug 14 : The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) is considering filing a case in the Supreme Court against a Calcutta High court directive on Wednesday on the shutdown "Janata Curfew" called by them.

GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said they are consulting with legal counsels to move to the country's highest court seeking an order in favour of their protest.

Meanwhile, North Bengal Development minister Gautam Deb has welcomed the Calcutta High court observation that the "Janata Curfew" in Darjeeling had violated the fundamental rights of people and show cause notice to the GJM why it should not be liable to compensate for loses of public and private property.

High Court's division bench consisting of Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Joymalyo Bagchi earlier on Wednesday ordered the GJM leadership to submit an affidavit by September 5 on why the compensation costs would not be imposed on the group.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha is sponsoring the indefinite bandh in Darjeeling demanding separate Gorkhland state.

While the Judges expressed dissatisfaction over the GJM for violating their August 7 order as the indefinite bandh in Darjeeling as illegal, the division bench also asked the state government to file by September 3 about the damages of private and public property in Darjeeling.

Government advocate Ashok Banerjee filed a report giving details of the current situation in Darjeeling.

Meanwhile, the GJM leadership said the government was "misleading" the HC as the people on their own remained at their homes to express solidarity with the statehood movement.

GJM leader Harka Bahadur Chettri said, "We will be fighting for our demands democratically and legally to reach our goal." He said the GJM leadership was considering to move to the highest court of law against the HC order of the day.

Contending the GJM stand, Minister Deb expressed his surprise at how civilians called a "curfew" forcing people to remain indoors for the past two days after 10 days of indefinite bandh in Darjeeling.

He said the government agencies have been trying to reach essentials in the hills despite resistance from the GJM.

Meanwhile, state food minister Jyotipriya Mallck returned to Siliguri after visiting the hills with rations of rice and wheat.

While plans were to distribute rations from eleven outlets, but the efforts received a setback as people remained behind closed doors.

However, district magistrate Punit Yadav said 128 people collected rations, which the GJM called an "imaginary figure".

--IBNS (Posted on 14-08-2013)

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