The Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) today informed the Meghalaya High Court that the work allotted to a private party to operate the check gate at Mookyndur has been cancelled.
The JHADC informed this during a hearing by the High Court’s division bench of a writ appeal filed by Ridalin Law.
According to the JHADC, the check gate is now being managed departmentally by the council.
Further, the JHADC informed the High Court that the appellant Ridalin Law has been summoned for an amicable settlement of the matter and it is more than likely that the issues raised by her may be resolved.
In view of this, the High Court has decided to hold the next hearing on November 15.
It may be noted that though being the highest bidder to operate a check gate at Mookyndur, Law’s bid was rejected by the JHADC which instead allotted the check gate to one Rudolf G. Kyndiah.
On the challenge moved by Law, the JHADC had quashed the allotment to Kyndiah.
The JHADC thereafter on re-examination of the matter, issued an order dated October 26, 2022, allotting the check gate to Law on the condition that she makes arrangements for suitable land to set up the check gate, which she duly complied with.
However, the JHADC purportedly due to a legal notice issued by the earlier unsuccessful second highest bidder Rudolf G. Kyndiah, cancelled the order dated October 26, 2022.
Later, the JHADC took a decision to run the check gate departmentally by leasing a plot of land at Khliehtyrshi, which was at some distance from Mookyndur, the original location of the check gate.
Law being aggrieved by the action of the JHADC, moved the High Court seeking appropriate directions.