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Court hears petition on Dr Antony’s re-appointment in NLA Secretariat

Nagaland News

KOHIMA, JUNE 15: The Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench today took up the writ petition filed by Nagaland Assembly Service Staff Association (NASSA) challenging the re-appointment of retired Government officer Dr PJ Antony to the post of Principal Secretary in the State Assembly.
However, the Court has fixed June 21 as the day for the next hearing of the case.
Earlier, admitting the NASSA petition, the GHC Kohima Bench on May 26 had asked the authorities of Nagaland Assembly to submit their response within two weeks and had fixed the first hearing for June 9 but it got shifted for today.
Listening to Counsels of both sides, the Court has reportedly fixed the next hearing for June 21, said NASSA vice president Rocus Rino.
Meanwhile, a 8-member Parliamentary Committee of the State Government, headed by former NLA Speaker and MLA Chotisuh Sazo as convener, called on the NASSA officials in the Assembly Secretariat and requested them to call off the agitation, which has been disrupting the functioning of NLA Secretariat for almost 10 days.
The Parliamentary team assured that an amicable solution would be brought about within a few days, said Rino.
The marathon meeting however was inconclusive with strong assertion of NASSA demand for revocation of the State Government’s May 25 notification approving the re-appointment of Dr Antony as the Principal Secretary bypassing the Service Rule of the State Assembly, he said.
Other members of Parliamentary team include Ministers Tongpang Ozukum and Metsubo Jamir, Advisor KT Sukhalu, Medo Yhokha, H Khehovi Yeputhomi, Mhathung Yanthan and former Speaker and MLA Dr Imtiwabang Aier.
Rino also informed that NASSA officials, while deciding to discuss the appeal of the Parliamentary committee on Thursday, would carry on with the agitation in the form of 12th day of pen-down strike and wearing of black bands as also restricting the entry of Dr Antony to his official chamber in the Assembly Secretariat.
On the other hand, a team of Ex-Parliamentarians Association of Nagaland (Ex-PAN) also met the NASSA officials and deliberated on the issue.
Ex-PAN vice president Medokul Sophie, who led the team, said that being part of the Assembly they are concerned and therefore met the NASSA officials.
He informed that Ex-PAN has assured NASSA that, if needed, they would mediate between the staff and the authorities to resolve the matter.
(Page News Service)