Statue of Unity Area Development Act Challenged in High Court IG News

  • Legislation over Scheduled Areas is vested in Parliament and not in the Legislative Assembly
  • Provisions of SOU Act unconstitutional
  • Want to cancel it

A public interest petition challenging the constitutionality of the Statue of Unity Area Development and Tourism Governance Act-2019 (SOUACT-2019) has been filed before the bench of the Chief Justice of the High Court by the farmers of Narmada district and Samast Adivasi Samaj located in Surat district. After the hearing, the High Court ordered that the Advocate General be present in the case. In addition, the Government may state that the entry number under Article 246, under which the Bill for this Act has been passed. Further hearing of this case will be conducted on August 23. The petitioner demands that the provisions of various sections of this Act are inconsistent with the provisions of PESA Act-1996, Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act-2013, Forest Rights Act (FRA)-2006, Forest Conservation Act-1980 and repeal and remove the inconsistencies therein. do Abolish the Town Planning Scheme in force in Kevadia falling under Schedule-5. The petitioner’s counsel submitted that the area where the Statue of Unity is located comes under Schedule-5 of the Constitution. Here no development work can be done without due process.

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