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Court gives NLA Speaker 6 weeks to conclude disqualification case against 7 NPF MLAs

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Dimapur, June 3: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has informed that the Guwahati High Court has directed the Speaker, Nagaland Legislative Assembly to conclude the disqualification proceedings against 7 MLAs (NPF) and pass appropriate orders within a period of 6 weeks time.
In its latest hearing on June 2 on the disqualification of 7 the NPF MLAs, the Court directed the petitioners as well as the respondent to appear before the respondent either in person or through their authorized representatives on June 8, 2020 to receive further instructions to enable the respondent to conclude the proceeding within the specific period of time allotted by the Court.
The NPF mentioned that the ratio of the judgment rendered by the Supreme Court in Keisham Meghachandra Singh (supra), in the instant case have noticed that the disqualification petitions were filed on 24th April 2019, which is more than 13 months by now.
However, at the same time, it was also noticed that substantial progress have already been made in the adjudicatory process of the disqualification petitions by the Speaker leading to framing of issues as far back as on 21st March 2020.
But having noted the fact that issues to be decided in the disqualification petitions have already been framed on 21st March 2020 and thereafter no further progress have been made in the proceeding, so the Court directed the Speaker, Nagaland Legislative Assembly to conclude the disqualification proceedings in the given time allotted, the NPF said in a press communiqué issued by its press bureau.
The communiqué said since the High Court has already directed the NLA Speaker to decide the disqualification case of the 7 NPF MLAs within the 6th weeks, the NPF hoped that the Speaker will use his good office in adjudicating the matter without any further delay and with fairness. (Page News Service)

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