New Delhi, Oct 27: The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the Centre to withdraw paramilitary forces from trouble-torn Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal where the protest for a separate Gorkha state took a violent turn.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud directed the Central government to call off the seven companies of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) for being used for poll duties in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.
The bench also sought response from the state government on the Centre’s appeal against the High Court’s order putting on hold its decision to withdraw 10 of the 15 firms of the central paramilitary forces deployed in the hill district.
The top court also stayed the pending proceedings before the High Court and said that it will deal with the case in a holistic manner and posted the appeal of the Centre for next hearing on November 27.
While in an interim order, the High Court had stayed the withdrawal of CAPF from the Darjeeling hills till October 27 after the West Bengal government approached it against the Centre’s decision.