The Supreme Court bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi and Rohinton Fali Nariman, on 8th February explicit its displeasure over the affidavit deposited by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on fencing Assam’s border with Bangladesh.
“The statement made therein can be seen as an exercise in vagueness with no particular details forthcoming in spite of repeated orders of this Court highlighting the urgency of the case, that is, border fencing, and contempt the long period of the time, that has since elapsed. Specifically, in paragraph 9, the reasons why 18 months would be needed for construction of border fencing on a stretch of 13.38 km. has not been defined in any manner”, the bench noticed in its order.
The bench represented as “too bad and wholly unacceptable”, the Centre’s plea that construction work would need more than three years and is likely to spill over beyond 2020.
The Supreme Court has been observing the case of Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha v Union of India, after passing an detailed judgment in the case on 17th December 2014. In that judgment written by Justice Nariman, the Supreme Court had directed the Centre to take all effective steps to complete the fencing (double coiled wire fencing) in such parts of the Indo-Bangla border (including the state of Assam) where fencing was yet to be completed.
The issue, pertaining to illegal immigration from Bangladesh into India, has invited critical comments from the bench from time to time against the authorities. The bench has now scheduled a chamber hearing on 14th February to grill the Government counsel, on the progress made to fulfill the Court’s directions.
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