Lakshadweep reforms: Kerala HC seeks Centre's response on plea challenging move

High Court

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Friday sought the response of the Central government on a PIL challenging the Lakshadweep administration's move to introduce Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation 2021 (LDAR) and the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act (PASA) in the islands.

Considering the PIL, the court declined to stay the operation of LDAR and PASA but directed the Centre to file a response in two weeks.

The PIL was filed by Congress leader K P Noushad Ali.

In his plea, Ali alleged illegal interference with the social, political and cultural realities in Lakshadweep by the Administrator.

He submitted that the residents of islands are opposed to the LDAR and the creation of a Lakshadweep Development Authority (LDA) issued by the administration as it gives powers to the administration to remove the small holding for property owned by the islanders belonging to the Scheduled Tribes.


The petitioner also alleged that the newly introduced PASA gives powers to the administration to detain a person without any public disclosure for a period of up to one year.

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