Mizoram: Stalemate on MPSC chairman continues

Mizoram: Stalemate on MPSC chairman continues

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AIZAWL: The Mizo Students' Union showed its determination to have Mizoram Public Service Commission chairman Andrew Lalherliana removed from the prestigious post by filing a complaint to the police on his "false affidavit."

In its FIR to Aizawl police station, the MSU said that Andrew Lalherliana had claimed to be 57 years of age in his affidavit filed before the 2008 assembly elections.

"Going by his affidavit, Lalherliana is now 64 years of age, which means that he is not longer fit to be the chairman of a state public service commission as per Article 316(2) of the Indian Constitution," the MSU said in the FIR.

If Lalherliana goes by his date of birth entered in his affidavit, he has to resign as chairman of MPSC. And if he sticks to his 'October 7, 1953' date of birth, which he now claims to be his real date of birth, he has to be booked under section 125(A) of Representation of the People Act 1951, the MSU demanded.

The MSU urged the police to find out the real age of Andrew Lalherliana.

The MSU further rubbished chief minister Lal Thanhawla's claims that Andrew Lalherliana was appointed for an interim period of seven months.

Lal Thanhawla has said that the state government was seeking to appoint a Mizo IAS officer, presently posted as chief secretary of Manipur, as he is soon to retire. And Lalherliana was appointed for the interim period until this IAS officer retires.

However, the MSU strongly refuted this. "The MSU is certain that Andrew Lalherliana has been appointed for a full term. He is to hold the post until he attains retirement age," a statement of MSU said.

The MSU is determined to ensure the removal of an "overage" person from a prestigious government post for the larger interest of Mizo students, the statement added.

The MSU had failed to prevent the MPSC chairman from attending office on Monday. The MPSC took an alternate route to attend his office to avoid hundreds of student activists who gathered to picket his office.

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