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TURA | January 20, 2020:
The issue revolving around the transportation of coal in Garo Hills region of Meghalaya took a new turn with many of the writ petitions filed in the High Court being reportedly withdrawn, forcing a social activist to file a complaint against the said petitioners with the deputy commissioner of South Garo Hills alleging them of filing cases for their self interest.
Social activist, Nilberth Ch Marak wrote in his complaint letter that many WPs were filed in the HC which was admitted by the Court and transport was stopped. "However, without any rhyme or reason, the WPs were withdrawn by the petitioners without citing any reason. Later it was learned from sources that the petitioners were not genuine and were working at the behest of some vested interests to stop transport for the genuine bidders," said Marak in his complaint.
The complaint by Marak relates to the recent auction of coal from various locations in SGH held on Dec 14 as per the direction of the DC of the district. The SC had allowed the state to auction coal which had not been declared within the 32 lakh MT lying within the state, which is to be auctioned through CIL.