Meghalaya Mine Owners and Exporters Association threatens contempt case against state govt

Shillong: The Meghalaya Mine Owners and Exporters Association (MMOEA) has threatened to file a contempt case against the state government for its alleged failure to comply with a high court order to explore a viable alternative road to Borsora to facilitate export activities.

In a letter to Meghalaya Chief Secretary, DP Wahlang, MMOEA president, JC Diengngan said that the association had approached the high court for direction to the state government for reconstruction or repair of the damaged road in order to alleviate the miners from paying toll to some private individuals.

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He said that the case was disposed of on July 6, 2022, with the following direction: “The entire issue revolves around the non-availability of a proper PWD approach road to Borsora to facilitate exports”.

“In this regard, the disputed facts have been raised, which this court is not in a position to ascertain its correctness or veracity, this writ petition is disposed of by directing the state respondents to take an appropriate decision to explore a viable alternative road for use of the public in the said section, if the earlier potion has been rendered a repairable, after taking all other attendant factors into consideration.”

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Diengngan however said that ever since this order has been passed, the association had patiently waited for two months, but it appears that the government is least bothered about the direction of the high court.

“Therefore, through this letter, we urge your kind authorities to immediately comply with the direction of the high court or else the forum will be left with no other alternative but to approach the court invoking the contempt jurisdiction of the high court,” he stated in the letter.

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