New Delhi: The Kerala High Court on Friday (May 28) sought the Centre’s response over a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed over the introduction of the Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation 2021 (LDAR) and the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act (PASA) in the islands.
The PIL demanded that the court should pass a stay order over the implementation of the LDAR and PASA.
However, the court refused to pass the stay order and instead sough a reply from the Union government.
The petition was filed by Congress leader K P Noushad Ali.
In the petition, Ali alleged that the creation of Lakshadweep Development Authority (LDA) by the state administration will be detrimental to the islanders.
He said that such an authority would have the power to remove small holding properties that are owned by the Schedule Tribes (STs).
Furthermore, the leader said that PASA would give the administration the power to arrest any person without any public disclosure for a period of up to one year.
Things have been simmering in the islands ever since Praful Patel took charge as the administrator.
The major cause of resentment has been the draft Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation 2021 (LADR).
The proposed regulation gives the local administration right to remove or relocate original islanders from their properties for any real-estate development or town-planning activity.
It also allows the administration to retain the property of islanders.
There is also proposed reforms to open liquor shops in Lakshadweep to attract tourists.
The Kerala government has also come forward and said that it will pass a resolution on May 31, 2021, in the state Assembly to show solidarity with the people of Lakshadweep against Patel’s decisions.
With inputs from PTI