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Kharge had filed a plea seeking directions to the authorities to make necessary arrangements for the transport of migrants from Karnataka who are stranded in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Goa.
The Karnataka High Court has directed Congress leader Priyank Kharge to file an affidavit containing details of Karnataka-based migrants who are stranded in other states, unable to enter the state owing to lack of transport facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Court passed this direction in a plea filed by Kharge seeking directions to the authorities to make necessary arrangements for the transport of migrants from Karnataka who are stranded in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Goa.
During the hearing, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi firstly asked the petitioner to satisfy the Court that there were stranded persons at the borders who want to return to Karnataka.
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Counsel for the petitioner, Advocate Darshan L submitted that the persons stranded in the neighbouring states included labour workers, students and persons from other weaker sections.
Further, Darshan contended that before filing the petition, Kharge had even approached North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC), requesting them to provide a few buses to be sent to the neighbouring states, at the petitioner's own expense.
Hearing this, the Court, in turn, observed,
"Much water has flown now since the petition was filed in the month of May....The SOP of Government of India says that borders have been thrown open now."
The prayer in the Kharge's petition reads as follows:
" .....issue an appropriate writ or order or direction in the nature of Mandamus, directing the respondents to make necessary arrangements for transport of the migrants from Kalburgi region such as labour, students and other weaker sections stranded in the neighbouring States of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Goa, forthwith and ensure their safe passage to their home state of Karnataka”.
In June, a Single Judge Bench of Justice PB Bajanthri had directed the Registry to list the matter before the Division Bench headed by CJ Oka.
The matter will be heard after two weeks.
[Read June order]