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Lakshadweep reforms: Kerala HC dismisses PIL as premature | India News

KOCHI: The Kerala high court on Thursday dismissed as premature a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a directive to Lakshadweep Administrator not to implement the revised Covid protocol and draft ‘Goonda Act’.
A division bench comprising justices SV Bhatti and Murali Purushothaman considered a PIL (WP-C No. 11519/2021) filed by KP Noushad Ali, a Congress leader from Malappuram.
He had challenged the revised Covid protocol, the draft ‘Goonda Act’ (Lakshadweep Prevention of Anti-social Activities Regulation), disengagement of casual labourers of SPORTS and part-time teachers, and order to close dairy farms, including those for bulls and calfs, run by Department of Animal Husbandry.
Further, the petitioner had sought a directive not to implement Draft Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation, Draft Lakshadweep Panchayat Regulation, and Lakshadweep Animal Preservation Regulation.
In the judgment, the court pointed out that the challenge to the revised COVID protocol has already been dismissed by the high court in another case (WP-C No. 1079/2021) and cannot hence be challenged again.
The court said examining the legality of the draft regulation on prevention of anti-social activities is completely premature. The challenge to the disengagement of labourers and part-time teachers also cannot be considered as it is settled law that service matters cannot be considered as a PIL, the judgment said.
Regarding the challenge to the order on procedure for auctioning of livestock (alleged order to close dairy farms) in Lakshadweep, the court said the petitioner, in the name of PIL, cannot expand the consideration with inchoate knowledge about the inhabitants of the island and the island.
Challenge to implementation of three regulations were also repelled by the court. The three regulations are in draft stage and the challenge is premature, the court held.

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