Delimitation: SC gives last chance to reply

NEW DELHI, NOV 2 (IANS) | Publish Date: 11/2/2020 12:07:51 PM IST

Supreme Court Monday granted the “last chance” to the Central, Assam, and Nagaland governments and others to file their replies on a clutch of petitions raising issues connected with the delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies in these states.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian, at the outset, sought the presence of counsel for Nagaland, as the petitioners sought a stay on the delimitation process. The petitioners had emphasised that though the notice was issued in the matter earlier, but no replies have been filed so far and the delimitation exercise is in progress. The Chief Justice said that a stay is not possible without a reply from the Centre and state governments, as he sought the presence of counsel for Nagaland and also asked for the reply in the matter.

As advocate K.N. Balagopal joined the proceedings through video conferencing, the Chief Justice said: “You cannot sit over the matter like this. You will have to file a reply, otherwise we will adjudicate it without a reply.” After a brief hearing in the matter, the top court, in its order, said: “At the request of learned counsel appearing for the respondents/states, as a last chance, two weeks’ time is granted to the respondent states to file reply affidavit. Put up thereafter.”

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