SC Un­happy on Fenc­ing of Bangladesh Bor­der

Govt af­fi­davit has sought more time to com­plete task

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Sa­man­waya.Rau­tray @times­group.com

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tues­day ex­pressed its dis­plea­sure over the gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse to an or­der to fence the In­di­aBangladesh bor­der to keep out il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

A gov­ern­ment af­fi­davit has sought more time to com­plete the task, cit­ing lack of data on the river­ine stretches to ex­plain why it had so far failed to carry out the court or­der. Jus­tices Ran­jan Go­goi and RF Na­ri­man, who were hear­ing the mat­ter, took a dim view of the af­fi­davit and said it was vague and was in fact a whole lot of fil­i­bus­ter­ing.

The af­fi­davit stated that the gov­ern­ment needed 18 more months to com­plete the task on a 13-km land stretch of the to­tal 263 kms. Work on the en­tire stretch could take till 2020 to com­plete, it said. The gov­ern­ment is still await­ing data on the river­ine stretches, the af­fi­davit said. The BJP had made il­le­gal mi­gra­tion from Bangladesh into As­sam a ma­jor elec­tion is­sue be­fore it came to power.

SHAILESH JADHAV BJP launched its poll man­i­festo in Mum­bai on Tues­day

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