Constitutional amendment must for GTA Act: Centre
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The Centre on Thursday informed the Calcutta High Court that a constitutional amendment is essential to validate the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) Act and for which it has asked the West Bengal government to hand over the draft of the Bill.
Somnath Basu, representing the Centre, said the constitutional amendment was required for a technical purpose otherwise there was no illegality in the Act. To which, Justice Dipankar Dutta asked whether the GTA Act was introduced before amending the Constitution. Bose said yes.
Subash Ghising, president of Gorkha National Liberation Front and former chairman of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, had filed a writ petition in June 2012, challenging the legal validity of the GTA Act which was passed in the state Assembly in September 2011. The Act paved the way for the formation of the GTA as agreed in the tripartite agreement between the Centre, state and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.
The case will come up for hearing next week.
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