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Rahul asks Congress CMs to file review petition against tribals' eviction

Supreme Court has asked states to forcibly remove all tribals, forest-dwellers whose claims under the Forest Rights Act have been rejected.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi at Congress National Convention for Minorty Department in New Delhi on Thursday/PHOTO-DALIP KUMAR
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Congress President Rahul Gandhi at Congress National Convention for Minorty Department in New Delhi on Thursday/PHOTO-DALIP KUMAR

Nitin Sethi New Delhi
Indian National Congress president Rahul Gandhi has written to chief ministers of all Congress-governed states to file review petitions in the Supreme Court against mass-scale evictions of tribals and other forest-dwellers. 

In separate letters with similar guidance to all Congress chief ministers, Gandhi said, “In order to pre-empt large-scale evictions, it would be expedient to file a review petition and take any other action you may deem fit.”

“The Union tribal affairs ministry has pointed out that forest staff often raised frivolous objections leading to rejections. In this backdrop, evictions based on rejected claims alone, without a proper review and appeal process

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First Published: Feb 24 2019 | 7:05 PM IST

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