Dehing Patkai, which is also known as the Amazon of the East is a biodiversity hotspot
Dehing Patkai, which is also known as the Amazon of the East is a biodiversity hotspot|File Image
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3 PIL's on Dehing Patkai open cast mining moved to Gauhati HC

The government of Assam has been asked to submit a report by July 14 and the court will hear the three writ petitions on July 20

Amlan Jyoti Das

Amlan Jyoti Das

Guwahati: Three writ petitions against Dehing Patkai open cast mining approval for Coal India have been moved to the Gauhati High Court on Thursday, June 4. The government of Assam has been asked to submit a report by July 14 and the court will hear the petitions on July 20. The matter will come up before division bench of Chief Justice Ajay Lamba. Advocates D K Das and Rakhee S Chowdhury will be representing the PIL.

One of the petitions have been filed by advocate Mrinmoy Khataniar and mountaineer Amar Jyoti Deka on May 26 under Article 226 on the violation of the provisions of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, the National Wildlife Actions Plan (2002-2016) and Centrally Sponsored Scheme, 2009.

The illegal mining carried out by CIL in Saleki Proposed Reserve Forest is violative of the right to life of the citizens of the State guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. Hence, the instant petition is being filed under Article 226 of the Constitution of India espousing the cause of the people of the state of Assam to safeguard the flora and fauna, particularly the wildlife of the Dehing Patkai Forest Reserve and to protect the ecological balance of the entire state

“The illegal mining carried out by CIL in Saleki Proposed Reserve Forest is violative of the right to life of the citizens of the State guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. Hence, the instant petition is being filed under Article 226 of the Constitution of India espousing the cause of the people of the state of Assam to safeguard the flora and fauna, particularly the wildlife of the Dehing Patkai Forest Reserve and to protect the ecological balance of the entire state,” reads the PIL. The other PIL was filed by advocate Santanu Borthakur with his colleague Vikram Rajkhowa and added that their petition sought to declare the “Amazon of the East” as a heritage site under the Biological Diversity Act 2002.

According to Bothrakur, Akhil Gogoi had once written an open letter in a leading news daily against the illegal mining. This then resulted in a concerned citizen to write a letter to the chief justice which resulted in the suo moto PIL by the High court. After hearing the two public interest litigations filed by a mountaineer some advocates the bench comprised of Chief Justice Ajay Lamba and Justice Soumitra Saikia said that a suo moto PIL has been registered upon receiving a letter from a concerned citizen.

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