Several counters like pre-registration counter, registration counter, COVID-19 testing centre, infiltration centre were also set up Credit: File Image

Shillong: Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong on Friday refused to comment on the PIL moved by six lawyers in the High Court of Meghalaya against the facilitation centre at Umling.

The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government inaugurated the facilitation centre on December 21. The set up is based on Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA) 2016.

The PIL cited a violation of fundamental rights and other legal rights of the public. It also termed the MRSSA 2016 as illegal. It violates the fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 14, 15, 19 and 21 of Indian constitution, PIL added.

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The state used unbridled power in enacting MRSSA 2016 and establishing a check gate/facilitation centre at Umling under section 17 of the Act, the PIL said.

The PIL pointed out illegal attempts to deprive Indian citizens with their fundamental rights to move freely throughout the territory of India and reside and settle in any part of the territory of India as guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution.

Tynsong said that the government, before setting up the centre, had thorough discussion and consultation with legal experts. “I would not like to make any comments concerning this issue but will leave it upon the wisdom of the Court to decide. We did not set up this facilitation centre to harass people entering the state,” said Tynsong.

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