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Govt to challenge Tribunal orders

By SANJOY RAY
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GUWAHATI, June 13 - The State Government has decided to challenge 20 new orders of Foreigner Tribunals (FTs) before the Gauhati High Court questioning the merit of the orders.

The government, meanwhile, has also directed the deputy commissioners concerned to fast-track screening of orders wherein the procedee (suspected foreigner) in question has been declared as �Not Foreigner� by the tribunals contrary to the submissions made by the police.

So far, the State Level Screening Committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary TY Das had challenged 50 such cases which would now be heard before the special bench constituted to deal with suspected foreigners cases in the high court in a phased manner.

As the deputy commissioners are the heads of district level screening committees, they have been asked to fast-track the screening process in their respective districts and recommend the same to the State level committee in the quickest possible time.

�We have recommended the 50 cases after assessing the merit of the ground and we are sure that these orders would not hold any ground in the high court. It is not that all the cases, wherein the accused has been declared �Not Foreigners� would be challenged,� sources privy to the development told this reporter.

Sources also informed that the 20 new orders that would be challenged before the high court are from different districts and the order apparently deserves a relook.

�We are in a way setting accountability on the part of the members of the tribunals so that the orders are not passed overlooking the evidence in hand. Performance appraisal is what we intend to do so that no illegal Bangladeshi national is spared,� sources pointed out, stressing that the members, who show below par performance, would also have to face the music.

Sources further said that the evaluation is done across the board encompassing all the 100 FTs functioning in the State.

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Govt to challenge Tribunal orders

GUWAHATI, June 13 - The State Government has decided to challenge 20 new orders of Foreigner Tribunals (FTs) before the Gauhati High Court questioning the merit of the orders.

The government, meanwhile, has also directed the deputy commissioners concerned to fast-track screening of orders wherein the procedee (suspected foreigner) in question has been declared as �Not Foreigner� by the tribunals contrary to the submissions made by the police.

So far, the State Level Screening Committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary TY Das had challenged 50 such cases which would now be heard before the special bench constituted to deal with suspected foreigners cases in the high court in a phased manner.

As the deputy commissioners are the heads of district level screening committees, they have been asked to fast-track the screening process in their respective districts and recommend the same to the State level committee in the quickest possible time.

�We have recommended the 50 cases after assessing the merit of the ground and we are sure that these orders would not hold any ground in the high court. It is not that all the cases, wherein the accused has been declared �Not Foreigners� would be challenged,� sources privy to the development told this reporter.

Sources also informed that the 20 new orders that would be challenged before the high court are from different districts and the order apparently deserves a relook.

�We are in a way setting accountability on the part of the members of the tribunals so that the orders are not passed overlooking the evidence in hand. Performance appraisal is what we intend to do so that no illegal Bangladeshi national is spared,� sources pointed out, stressing that the members, who show below par performance, would also have to face the music.

Sources further said that the evaluation is done across the board encompassing all the 100 FTs functioning in the State.