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Manipur High Court reviews order that sparked riots; deletes direction to include Meitei community in Scheduled Tribe list

In October last year, a division bench of the Manipur High Court had agreed hear an appeal filed against the controversial order.

The appeal was moved by the All Manipur Tribal Union and various groups who argued that groups associated with the rights of the tribal community were not a party to the writ petition in which the 2023 direction was passed.

It was further contended that the 2023 judgment has adversely affected the fundamental and constitutional rights of 34 recognized tribes in Manipur. Moreover, it was argued that the Meitei community, being dominant and economically, politically and educationally advanced, would grab a majority of the ST-reserved seats including in the Legislative Assembly as a result of the High Court’s direction.

The original petitioners – in whose case the direction was passed by Justice Muralidaran – had maintained that no rights of the groups representing the tribal community were adversely affected by the judgment.

Source: Barandbench

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