Deccan Chronicle

SC notice to govts on ILP plea in Manipur

- DC CORRESPOND­ENT with agency inputs

The Supreme Court on Monday sought reply from the Centre and the Manipur government on a plea challengin­g the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system that vests the State government with the powers to restrict the entry of non-indigenous persons or those who are not permanent residents of Manipur.

Issuing notice on a plea by an organisati­on Amra Bangalee challengin­g the Adaptation of Laws (Amendment) Order, 2019, a bench comprising Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice Krishna Murari gave the Centre and Manipur government four weeks’ time to respond.

The petitioner organisati­on has also challenged the Manipur Inner Line Permit Guidelines, 2019.

The plea contended that the ILP provides unrestrain­ed power to the state to restrict entry and exit of non-indigenous people or those who are not permanent residents of Manipur.

The ILP system was introduced by the Adaptation of Laws (Amendment) Order, 2019 by which 140-year-old colonial era law Bengal Eastern Frontier

Regulation­s, 1873 (BEFR) was extended.

The Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation­s, 1873 was enacted to protect the commercial interest of the Britishers.

Amra Bangalee in its petition has contended that “The draconian ILP system is fundamenta­lly opposed to the policies of social integratio­n, developmen­t and technologi­cal advancemen­t in the area beyond the Inner Line, apart from hampering tourism within the state, which is a major source of revenue generation for these areas.”

It has further contended that 2019 order that extends ILP system is violative of the fundamenta­l rights guaranteed under Article 14 (Equality before law), 15 (Prohibitio­n of discrimina­tion on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth), 19 (Freedom of speech) and 21 (Protection of life and personal liberty) of the constituti­on since it grants unqualifie­d power to the state for restrictin­g the entry and exit of nonindigen­ous persons.

Manipur is the fourth state after Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram where the ILP regime is applicable. To visit ILP-regime states, outsiders, including people from other states of the country, need permission.

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