SC notice to GJM, others for blocking highways

The Supreme Court today issued contempt notices to three top pro and anti-Gorkhaland agitators for frequent blockade of a national highway which is the economic lifeline for Sikkim.

Updated: Jun 11, 2010, 23:44 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today issued
contempt notices to three top pro and anti-Gorkhaland
agitators for frequent blockade of a national highway which is
the economic lifeline for Sikkim.

A bench of Justices Deepak Verma and K S Radhakrishnan
also sought a response of the union government, the Chief
Secretary and Home Secretary of West Bengal on the petition of
O P Bhandari, a social activist, to know what steps are being
taken to prevent recurrence of such blockades.

The contempt notices were issued to Bimal Gurung,
President of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, its Assistant Secretary
Bimoy Tamang, besides Mukunda Mazumdar, chief of the of the
anti-Gorkhaland organisation "Bangla O Bangla Bhasha Bachao
Samiti.

Appearing for the petitioner, senior counsel P H Parekh
submitted that the two organisations were frequently putting
up blockades on national highway 31A despite the apex court`s
two separate orders restraining them from indulging in such
activities.

Parekh told the court that pro-Gorkhaland agitiators have
planned a 10-day siege of the highway from June 12 which he
said would cause serious hardship to the general public as it
was the lifeline for landlocked Sikkim.

According to the counsel, in the past two months alone
about seven such blockades were put up on the highway despite
the fact that on January 25 this year, the apex court had
warned that it would direct "de-recognition" of political
parties engaged in such acts and arrest of their leaders.

"If anybody causes obstruction on the national
highway, the party indulging in it would be de-recognised and
their leaders will be arrested," the apex court had said while
citing its July 3, 2008, order to keep the highway free from
their agitation.

-PTI