New Delhi, 30 November 2017: Supreme Court has suggested that the Attorney General of India Kottayan Katankot Venugopal who is the Central government’s chief legal advisor, and its primary lawyer in the Supreme Court should mediate between Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) Chief Bimal Gurung and the West Bengal Government. Justices A. K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan stated while hearing arguments from both sides viz. Gurung and the State Government. Both the Justices were of the opinion that more than legal issues in play there were political issues which needed to be addressed through negotiation and mutual understanding.
The Justices said that the Attorney General should convene a meeting between the two parties to thrash out the political issues. The Justices clearly stated that they were directing the Attorney General to intervene not the Union Government.
Attorney General K. K. Venugopal meanwhile said that if such is the wish of the Honourable Supreme Court, he would definitely mediate between Bimal Gurung and the West Bengal Government and try to thrash out all the political issues and other impediments that lay between the two so that the path be cleared for long term peace and amicable relation between the two parties.