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Sikkim Govt to move SC to expunge mention of Sikkimese Nepali community as foreigners

First Published: 28th January, 2023 18:56 IST

The state government would engage the best lawyers and follow all the SC rules to achieve its goal, CM PS Tamang said

Sikkim government has initiated steps to approach Supreme Court to expunge the mention of Sikkimese Nepali community as foreigners. Chief Minister PS Tamang said that his government would do all it takes to address this issue. The CM said this at the high level meeting of Central Executive Committee and District Executive Committee of SKM held on Friday.

He said that there have been false and unfounded allegations that the state government has remained silent on the issue, “We wish to stress that Sikkim Krantikari Morcha being a responsible political party and also the ruling party in government cannot abruptly give statements or react on any issue without proper study and critical analysis.”

As per the Supreme Court of India Rules 2013 (XLVII.2) a review Petition has to be filed within 30 days from the judgment or order of which review is sought and must be placed before the same Bench which had delivered the decision.

“Therefore it was decided to explore the possibility of filing a review petition for the same. Since this is an unusual development and extraordinary situation, and the subject matter & procedure being so sensitive and serious; it was decided to engage the best expert lawyers and do the needful.”

“All necessary steps have already been initiated and all endeavours will be made to properly address the issue in the larger interest of people of Sikkim.”

In his address the Chief Minister spoke on the issue of recent judgement in regard to income tax exemption for old settlers of Sikkim, he welcomed the judgment wherein the old settlers of Sikkim have been exempted from income tax but expressed deep concern on the mention of Sikkimese Nepali community as foreigners.

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