The Supreme Court’s verdict on the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, as unconstitutional has closed one chapter of a long saga, but it will. So scrapping of the IMDT Act led to kneejerk reactions from about a dozen minor political parties in Assam which had been crying foul of. IMDT Act Latest Breaking News, Pictures, Videos, and Special Reports from The Economic Times. IMDT Act Blogs, Comments and Archive News on.
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Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) Act, 1983
ET EnergyWorld A one stop platform that caters to the pulse of the pulsating energy. NIFTY 50 10, 2. Drag according to your convenience. In what coul d imxt the issue of illegal influx from Bangladesh back on the political centrestage, the Supreme Court struck down as as unconstitutional the Illegal Migrants Act.
What is the Illegal Migrants Act?
This is a setback for the Congress in poll-bound Assam as the appeasement legislation had helped it to build up a minority votebank. While Sonowal had contended that IMDT Act is only encouraging votebank politics without addressing the problem of illegal migrants, the Assam government had supported the law, saying it was equitous. Cases pending before the tribunals would stand transferred to tribunals under the Foreigners Act, the Court said.
The IMDT Act, enacted inremained more of a legislation on paper with provisions designed to make it difficult for the authorities to identify, leave alone deport, illegal Ban-gl-adeshis from Assam.
The poor implementation of the IMDT Act is clear from the fact that compared to 30 tribunals provided for in the original Act, only 16 were finally approved.
Even of this 16, barely five were functional bywhile the remaining 11 remained defunct with just one person on the Bench against the required strength of two judges. Incidentally, the original Act had put the quorum of the tribunal at three, which was later amended to two.
In other words, illegal immigrants from Bangladesh escaped provisions of the IMDT Act for the simple reason that each time they were reported to the Assam police, they shifted to another location, becoming untraceable. My Saved Articles Sign in Sign up.
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