HC declines stay on GTA board

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  • Published 28.07.12

Calcutta, July 27: Calcutta High Court today declined to pass any interim stay on the formation of the GTA board in the hills but issued an interim order saying the new board would have to abide by the result of the case moved by DGHC chief Subash Ghisingh, who had challenged the legality of GTA Act, 2011.

Later ABGL added as a party to support Ghisingh’s stand.

Justice Dipankar Dutta, in his interim order, said there would be no bar on holding election, taking oaths and resuming the office by the GTA board members. “But the board members will have to abide by the result of the case.”

Appearing for ABGL, advocate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya had prayed for an order restraining the newly elected GTA board from resuming the offices before disposal of the case on GTA act.

Justice Dutta decided to hear the case in detail on August 10 and directed both the state and central government to file an affidavit-in-opposition by August 6.

“The petitioners will have to give their replies by August 8 and the case will be heard on August 10,” the judge said.

On June 19, the high court had admitted the case moved by GNLF leader Subash Ghisingh who has challenged the legality of the GTA.