Kerala HC dismisses PIL challenging Lakshadweep Administration’s reform measures

The Kerala High Court on Thursday dismissed a PIL challenging the Lakshadweep administrations reform measures including the move to introduce Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation 2021 (LDAR) and the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act (PASA) in the islands.

The court dismissed the plea, observing that the alleged reform measures were at draft stage. The high court had earlier sought the response of the Central government on the issue. The PIL was filed by Congress leader K P Noushad Ali. The petitioner had 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. Meanwhile, the Kerala high court on Tuesday turned down the plea for granting more time for Lakshadweep residents to inform their objections to the reforms being carried out by the new administrator. Central government had informed the court that around 600 suggestions were received by the administration and they have been conveyed to the government.