ITANAGAR, Sept 30 - With the all-party meeting convened by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki favouring knocking the doors of country�s apex court, the Arunachal Pradesh Government today decided to file a review petition in the Supreme Court challenging it�s September 17 judgment that the Chakmas and Hajongs in Arunachal be conferred with citizenship rights within three months.
The decision to this effect was taken in the State Cabinet meeting chaired by Tuki here today. The Cabinet also took exception of the SC ruling that the Chakmas and Hajongs settled in the State, of being exempted from the purview of Inner Line Permit (ILP) regulations.
Government spokesperson Bamang Felix stated in a communiqu� that after a threadbare discussion on the refugee issue in the backdrop of the Supreme Court�s judgment in presence of the Advocate General, the Cabinet gave a go-ahead to opt for legal recourse to resist any step to grant permanent settlement to the Chakmas and Hajongs in the State. The Advocate General and legal experts have been directed to pursue the matter immediately with the apex court, he added.
The Cabinet further resolved to appeal the Government of India to extend support to the cause of the State in the interest and welfare of the indigenous communities.
The all-party meet a couple of days back, attended by representatives of all four key political parties INC, BJP, NCP and PPA in the State, had insisted the State Government to take up the matter with the Supreme Court.