Nagaland

SC Dismisses the PIL filed by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay Challenging Inner Line Permit

New Delhi, June 2: The Supreme Court on Tuesday (June 2) dismissed a plea seeking direction to the Centre and Nagaland government to not extend the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in new areas and ascertain the feasibility of withdrawing it.

The PIL, filed by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, sought direction to take steps for protection of life and liberty, properties and other fundamental rights of non-Nagas living in Dimapur due to imposition of ILP.

The plea was dismissed by a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose.

Not impressed by the claim of the petitioner that ILP encroaching on the basic rights of the small Hindu population in the state of Nagaland, the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi rejected the plea, commenting, “In Himachal Pradesh, 98% people are Hindu. ILP is there also.