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The Kerala High Court has slammed the Lakshadweep administration for denying a Cong MP’s request to visit the islands.

The court was hearing a plea filed by MPs Hibi Eden and T N Prathapan contesting the island’s administration’s decision to refuse Congress legislators permission to visit Lakshadweep.

On Friday, the Kerala High Court chastised the Lakshadweep Administration for rejecting the petitions of several Congress MPs to visit the islands and ordered it to rethink its decision. The decision to deny the application to visit was “illegal,” according to Justice P B Suresh Kumar.

The court was hearing a plea filed by MPs Hibi Eden and T N Prathapan contesting the island’s administration’s decision to refuse Congress legislators permission to visit Lakshadweep. The proposed Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation (LDAR), the Lakshadweep Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Regulation, is being challenged by locals (PASA or the Goonda Act)

“The refusal of a visit application is illegal. The applications were denied, despite the fact that they did not follow the rules. It was illegal to deny the request without first hearing from the petitioners. Within a month, the decision must be reviewed, and the decision on their application must be made only after hearing from Members of Parliament in person or virtually “According to the court.

The Lakshadweep government refused Congress lawmakers permission to visit the islands on July 3, claiming that their visit would “disturb” the tranquil mood.

Locals of Lakshadweep, an archipelago in the Arabian Sea, have been protesting Patel’s recent administrative changes.

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