Priyank Kharge, Karnataka hc
Priyank Kharge, Karnataka hc
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Karnataka HC disposes of plea seeking directions to make arrangements for migrants stranded at border

If the petitioner has sufficient data showing that migrants belonging to Kalaburagi are stranded in neighbouring states, he is at liberty to approach the state government, the Court said.

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Karnataka High Court today disposed of the plea filed by Congress leader Priyank Kharge seeking directions to the authorities to make arrangements for the transport of migrants from Karnataka who are stranded in neighbouring states.

The plea had submitted that the persons stranded in the neighbouring states included labour workers, students and persons from other weaker sections.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice NS Sanjay Gowda observed that "much water has flown after May 15", when the petition was filed, as both the Centre as well as the state government had withdrawn all restrictions on intra-state travel.

"Therefore, by order dated 20th August, 2020, we had directed the petitioner to file an affidavit stating whether even as of today, migrants of Kalaburagi had been stranded in the neighbouring states and are not able to enter the State of Karnataka due to lack of transport facilities. The counsel for petitioner seeks one more week's time to file such an affidavit. No such time can be granted."

Karnataka High Court

If the petitioner has sufficient data showing that migrants belonging to Kalaburagi are stranded in neighbouring states, he is at liberty to approach the state government by the pointing out specific instances, said the Court.

The Court also expressed hope that if such a situation arises, the State would promptly look into the issue and make necessary arrangements in accordance with law.

On the last date of hearing, the Court had asked the petitioner to satisfy the Court that there were stranded persons at the borders who wanted to return to Karnataka.

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