Barricades along national highway not inconveniencing general public: HC

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, May 19: The barricades that have been erected at various points along the national highway to check trucks in Ri Bhoi district are not causing any inconvenience to the general public as maintained by the Meghalaya High Court on Friday.
The Court had made this observation on Friday even as it dismissed a writ petition seeking the removal of these temporary barricades.

“The barricades standing thereon at present do not appear to be causing any inconvenience at all to the general public. Hence, this writ petition is dismissed and stands disposed of,” Justice SR Sen said in his order on Friday.
The writ petition was filed by Tamulikuchi High School headmaster Puran Deka and others.
The counsel representing the petitioners had earlier argued that these temporary barricades are causing inconveniences to the general public while urging the Court to order their removal.
Countering this, the State counsel argued that the said barricades are a temporary arrangement to ensure that trucks do not escape paying the requisite taxes to the state government.
“After hearing the submissions advanced by the learned counsels for the parties and after considering the facts and circumstances of the case, I could not satisfy myself that inconvenience is caused by placing such temporary barricades to check the truckers who try to avoid taxes,” Justice Sen said.
Moreover, if the trucks avoid paying the taxes, the Court said that the government is at liberty to take necessary steps to check such activities.


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