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Judiciary in suspense
Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 12 (NPN):
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Published on 13 Apr. 2010 1:58 AM IST
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Judiciary in the state appears to have landed into problems, in the light of bifurcation of the judiciary from executive, particularly in the district and session court Kohima were the court has not been functioning since later part of February this year.
Guwahati high court registrar, Khesheli Chishi in a letter to the newly posted district and session judge, Kohima L.N.Sema, who was also given the additional charge of tribunal for proceeding judge, election tribunal and Nagaland state legal services authority, stated that she was telephonically directed by justice Mutum B.K Singh, portfolio judge for the state of Nagaland to direct him(L.N.Sema) not to take up any case of the court of additional district & session judge, Kohima.
Since then, the court of the district and session judge Kohima had reportedly not been functioning.
The whole problem, it was learnt, started over certain flaws in the order of transfer and posting in the case of the newly posted district and session judge, Kohima coupled with some differences between departments over the payment of his salary.
Compounding the problem, it was learnt that the incumbent additional district & session judge, Kohima had to take the charge of district and session judge Mon which did not have a proper judge for 15 days in a month, in addition to functioning as the chief judicial magistrate and several other courts such as family judicial magistrate first class and fast tract court in Kohima.
It may be mentioned that Gauhati High Court through a notification earlier ordered the transfer of Hukato Swu as district and session judge Dimapur against district and session judge L.K Achumi on his retirement and L.N Sema additional district and session judge, Wokha was Transferred as district and session judge Kohima with additional charges of tribunal for proceeding judge, election tribunal and Nagaland state legal services authority while Veprasa Nyekha, additional district and session judge Dimapur has been transferred and posted as district and session judge Wokha.
Earlier, the state government through a notification, informed that the state government would be paying the salary of state appointed deputy commissioner (judicial), additional deputy commissioner (judicial), judicial magistrate first class and judicial magistrate second class with immediate effect.
However, they were placed under the administrative control of the Gauhati High Court (Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh).

 
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