Nagaland: Fate of seven NPF ‘rebel’ MLAs to be decided on Feb 8
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Nagaland: Fate of seven NPF ‘rebel’ MLAs to be decided on Feb 8

The NPF had approached the High Court last year challenging the order passed by the NLA Speaker Sharingain Longkumer on July 14, 2020, dismissing the disqualification petition against the seven rebel MLAs.

KOHIMA:

The Naga People Front (NPF) has filed an Interlocutory Application (IA) before the Kohima bench of the Guahati High Court, seeking the intervention of the court by restraining the seven suspended rebel MLAs from entering the Nagaland Legislative Assembly Session during the forthcoming Assembly session on February 12.

The petitioner – NPF filed the IA during the hearing of the case on Monday. On hearing both parties, the Kohima Bench of the Guahati High Court has fixed the matter on February 8 for final hearing on the IA and the main petition.

The NPF had approached the High Court last year challenging the order passed by the NLA Speaker Sharingain Longkumer on July 14, 2020, dismissing the disqualification petition against the seven rebel MLAs.

NPF MLAs Imkong L. Imchen and Chotizuh Sazo had filed a petition with the NLA Speaker on April 2019, on behalf of the party, against the seven dissident MLAs-EE. Pangteang, Kejong Chang, CL John, Eshak Konyak, BS Nganlang, Toyang Chang and N.Thongwang Konyak. Subsequently, after the NLA Speaker dismissed their disqualification petition on 14 July 2020.

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The petitioner (NPF) stated that sufficient delay has been caused and had, therefore, submitted its prayer before the Kohima bench of the Guahati High Court that the respondents should be restrained from entering the Nagaland Legislative Assembly till disposal of the writ petition as “the purpose of the 10th Schedule is being defeated by dilatory means.”

Advocate Siddharth Borgohain, representing the petitioners, said that they are not happy with the NLA Speaker judgement as Speaker had passed the judgement without taking into consideration the petition filed by the NPF.

“However, on July 23, 2020 the division bench took cognizance of the matter and hence, the merit of the judgement (Speaker) itself raises questions,” he added.

"We have filed an Interlocutory Application asking the honourable court for restraining the seven MLAs from entering/taking part in the Assembly. The reason behind is that the matter is delayed for a long time. The disqualification matter is to be heard and disposed off within a period of three months and that is the law of the land but the matter was kept in the Speaker’s court for more than 15 months and now it is pending here in the court. So, the substantial question of law was raised in this petition,” said Advocate Borgohain.

It may be mentioned that after more than a year of filing the disqualification petition against the seven suspended NPF MLAs for defying the party decision during the last parliamentary election, the Speaker had dismissed the matter on July 14, 2020, on the ground that the rebel MLAs were not liable to be disqualified under Para 2 (1) (a) of the 10th Schedule.

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