HC to hear writ petitions of NCP, Speaker
Dimapur, September 24
Two writ appeals one by the Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly and the other by the NCP Nagaland challenging the stay order on the disqualification of the three NCP MLAs Imtilemba Sangtam, Dr T M Lotha and Mmhonlumo Kikon by Justice LS Jamir on September 12 was admitted for hearing before a Division Bench of the Gauhati High Court comprising Chief Justice Rao and Justice AK Goswami on Wednesday.
The Division Bench, according to a press release from BJP state unit president Dr M Chuba Ao, after hearing all the facts opined that the subject matter pertaining to the writ petition filed by the three MLAs Imtilemba Sangtam, Dr T M Lotha and Mmhonlumo Kikon, being of immense public importance, should be heard by a Division Bench henceforth instead of the single Bench. It was accordingly ordered that the hearing of the writ petition will now be heard on October 28 by a division bench of the Guwahati High Court.
The stay order passed by the single bench Justice LS Jamir on September 12 was not interfered with by the Division Bench.
“Resultantly, the disqualification order passed by the Speaker on the 3 MLAs continues to remain suspended and inoperative,” the release stated.
Welcoming the decision of the Gauhati High Court, the BJP Nagaland reiterated that justice will prevail despite what it described as “the arbitrary and the unconstitutional act of Shri ChotisuhSazo, the Speaker of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly”.