No resolution on inner line permit sought in House as case pending in court: Biren

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IMPHAL, Dec 23: Even though there was a charge of the chief minsiter, Okram Ibobi, misleading the House on the floor of the Assembly yesterday, the spokesman of the government N Niren in a meeting with the press today clarified ‘it would be prejudicial for the House to have taken up the private member resolution raised by senior Opposition member MLA O Joy.

He clarified that the matter of extension of the  Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873 in the state of Manipur is pending in the Gauhati High Court Imphal bench hence the inapproprietness of the House to have arrived at a resolution.

The spokesman further saidn the the press briefing this afternoon at his official chamber at New secretariat that there was no case of misleading the House by the Chief Minister in his observation during discussion of private member resolution.

Biren further said that the PIL case filed by the president FRIENDS Sapamcha Jadumani under writ petition (PIL), No 13 of 2008 was very much related with the promulgation of Inner Line Permit System in the state of Manipur, as a result the state government despite its willingness to pass the resolution raised was unable to do so.

He said the government shares the concern of continued migration of non locals into the state and increasing marginalisation of the indigenous populations of the state.

He said government considering introduction of an act to prevent internal migration by extending the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873 in the state of Manipur as is the vogue in many other North eastern like Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and some parts of Assam.

Unfortunately he said due to the pending case at the Guwahati High Court Imphal bench the resolution could not be passed in the House yesterday.

In the meantime, in contradiction to the claim of the state government two legal advisors of the FRIENDS, advocate Th Manihar and advocate M Gourahari of the Gauhati High High Court Imphal Bench during a press conference held at the office of the FRIENDS at Keisampat said that the explanation of the Chief Minister in the House was totally misleading and false.

The legal advisors further mentioned that the PIL which was filed by the president of the FRIENDS Sapamcha Jadumani at the Gauhati High Court Imphal Bench during 2008 and was in connection with the Protected Area Permit (PAP) Foreign Act 1946 and was not at all related to the introduction of the inner line permit system.

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