Hectic Tuesday: High Court to take up three cases

SHILLONG: It will be a hectic Tuesday for the politicians, bureaucrats, governor’s secretariat  and law department officials as the High Court of Meghalaya will take up three important cases , two  PILs,  one on dual post, and another on high rise building and the third one  on Umroi airport on the same day .
During the last hearing on the PIL related to dual post, the Full Bench of the High Court of Meghalaya had taken exception to the stand of Principal Secretary, Governor’s House MS Rao for his failure to appear before the court and to give the views of Governor to help the Court to decide the pending matter.
The officials of the Law department were  busy at Secretariat even on Monday, a holiday on account of Seng Kut Snem,  to  find out ways and means to impress upon the Court the views of both the Governor and the Government.
The Court was also not happy during the last hearing regarding  the stand taken by the Chief Secretary Barkos Warji as he could not attend during the hearing related  to expansion of Umroi Airport.
The State Government will file an affidavit on Tuesday on behalf of the Chief Secretary on the status of  Umroi Airport.
Even on a holiday on Monday, the Ri Bhoi Deputy Commissioner met the Chief Secretary at Secretariat to  get an update on the Umroi Airport
During the last haring on November 19, the High Court had said that  the Airport Authority of India will l proceed with the project for expansion of the Umroi Airport.
” The Defence land measuring 32 acres, as identified by the authorities and agreed to and ordered by the Defence Ministry for transfer to the Airport Authority of India, for the expansion of Umroi Airport,  (a project also considered important from defence strategic point of view) shall be transferred to the Airport Authority for possession forthwith and possibly today itself, for starting the construction of boundary wall of the Airport”, the Court had observed.
The third case to be taken up by the High Court will be the names of 15 persons to be submitted by the CBI with all the details  including politicians who allegedly misused the building by laws of MUDA and gave permission to  construct high rise building  beyond the prescribed limit of  G plus three.

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