Mizoram: MNF plea on polls get rejected by HC

Mizoram: MNF plea on polls get rejected by HC

AIZAWL, June 25, 2018: Mizo National Front's (MNF) plea has been rejected by the Aizawl bench of Gauhati High Court, the plea was against returning officer's decision in disqualifying an MNF candidate prior to the Chakma Autonomous District Council polls held in April, court officials said on Sunday.

Lawngtlai deputy commissioner and returning officer of the election N. Chakhai had disqualified Sumir Tongchongya, the MNF candidate from Fultuli constituency, after scrutiny on April 5 on the ground that his nominee was a government servant and declared his rival Congress candidate elected unopposed.

Challenging the officer's decision, the MNF had filed a writ petition in April as a result of which Gauhati High Court stayed election in Fultuli when the council polls were held on April 20.

Court officials said the high court had rejected the plea on Friday after observing the RO's decision "right" and "valid".

High court judge Justice N. Sailo, in his verdict, stated that no government servant and their relatives are allowed to be involved in politics.

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