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Assam Meghalaya Border Conflict: SC halts HC order staying Assam-Meghalaya border pact

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Assam Meghalaya Border Conflict: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the execution of a Meghalaya High Court order that had stayed the execution of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the chief ministers of the two states to settle a long-standing boundary dispute.

A bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud, Justices P S Narasimha and J B Pardiwala, and the lawyers representing Assam and Meghalaya took note of the submissions of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and the lawyers representing Assam and Meghalaya and ordered a stay on the Meghalaya High Court’s order.

 

The bench took note of the submissions that some of the areas covered by the MoU are not benefiting from development schemes due to old border disputes, and that the boundary between the two states has not been altered as a result of the agreement.

It also served notices on the four individuals who had initially petitioned the high court against the execution of the MoU on various grounds, including that the settlement violated Article 3 of the Constitution.

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Article 3 empowers Parliament to pass legislation relating to the formation of new states and the alteration of existing states’ borders.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the petition challenging the Meghalaya High Court’s order.

“We’ll listen to it. “Please send three copies of the petition,” the CJI instructed.

Following the inter-state border pact, a single judge bench of the Meghalaya High Court issued an interim stay on physical demarcation or the erection of boundary posts on the ground on December 9.

Later, a division bench of the Supreme Court refused to interfere with the single judge bench’s order, prompting the petitioners to file an appeal with the Supreme Court.

Conrad K Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, and his Assam counterpart, Himanta Biswa Sarma, signed an MoU in March last year to demarcate the border in at least six of the 12 contested locations that frequently sparked tensions between the two states.

The agreement was signed by the chief ministers of Assam and Meghalaya on March 29, last year, in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

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