Speaker dismisses disqualification petition against 7 NPF legislators

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/14/2020 1:26:00 PM IST

After more than a year of the filing of disqualification petition against the seven suspended NPF legislators which also came as set back for the NPF party, Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) speaker Sharingain Longkumer on Tuesday dismissed the petition citing the reason that the respondents were not liable to be disqualified under Para 2 (1) (a) of the 10th Schedule of the constitution.

The judgement was pronounced at the open conference hall of the NLA on Tuesday afternoon in the presence of both the parties.

Addressing media persons at the NLA conference hall after pronouncing the judgement, Longkumer claimed that the entire proceeding was held in all fairness where equal opportunity was given to both the parties, adding that the due process of law was followed.

He said the decision was taken keeping in mind the due process and that even the learned counsels of both the parties had commented on the fairness of the procedure that was followed.

The speaker said the disqualification petition was filed on April 24, 2019 and that substantial progress was made during the past 1 year on the issue. 

However, following the demise of the former speaker and after he took over, Sharingain asserted that he followed the process and announced framing of issues in March this year and conducted procedural evidence.

During that process, he said NPF went ahead and approached Gauhati High Court, which then directed him to the resolve the matter with six weeks that expired on Tuesday.

In his ruling, the speaker mentioned that based on the findings and decisions of each issue framed and taking into account of the Supreme Court of India which are applicable to the facts and circumstances of this case as referred, it had been established that beyond any reasonable doubt that there was no sufficient ground for presuming that the respondents had voluntarily given up the membership of their original political party.

Based on the above, the NLA speaker ruled that the respondents (7 NPF MLAs) were not liable to be disqualified under Para 2 (1) (a) of the Tenth Schedule and  thereby, dismissed the disqualification petition filed by NPF legislators Chotisuh Sazo and Imkong L Imchen.

NPFLP to meet today

Meanwhile, NPF  legislator Imkong L. Imchen informed media persons that the speaker’s decision would be discussed during the NPF Legislature Party meeting scheduled on Wednesday at the office chamber of the leader of the opposition.

He said since the move to file the disqualification petition was a collective decision of the NPF legislators, therefore he was not mandated to comment before the meeting was held. 

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