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NPF seeks to bar 7 rebel MLAs from attending NLA session

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DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 1: Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) has moved the Kohima Bench of the Gauhati High Court seeking to restrain the 7 suspended rebel MLAs from entering the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) during the forthcoming Assembly session on February 12, according to report in The Northeast Today on Monday.

The NPF filed an Interlocutory Application (IA) seeking the court’s intervention during the hearing of the case on Monday.
After hearing both parties, the court has fixed the matter on February 8 for final hearing on the IA and the main petition, it reported.
The NPF had approached the High Court last year challenging the order passed by the NLA Speaker Sharingain Longkumer on July 14, 2020, dismissing the disqualification petition against the seven rebel MLAs.
On behalf of the party, NPF legislators Imkong L Imchen and Chotizuh Sazo had filed a petition with the NLA Speaker on April 2019, against the seven dissident MLAs-EE Pangteang, Kejong Chang, CL John, Eshak Konyak, BS Nganlang, Toyang Chang and N Thongwang Konyak. Subsequently, the Speaker dismissed their disqualification petition on 14 July 2020.
The petitioner (NPF) stated that sufficient delay has been caused and had, therefore, submitted that the respondents should be restrained from entering the Nagaland Legislative Assembly till disposal of the writ petition as “the purpose of the 10th Schedule is being defeated by dilatory means.”
Advocate Siddharth Borgohain, representing the petitioners, said that they are not happy with the NLA Speaker’s judgement as the latter had passed the judgement ‘without taking into consideration the petition filed by the NPF’, the report stated.
“However, on July 23, 2020 the division bench took cognizance of the matter and hence, the merit of the judgement (Speaker) itself raises questions,” he added.

“We have filed an Interlocutory Application asking the honourable court for restraining the seven MLAs from entering/taking part in the Assembly. The reason behind is that the matter is delayed for a long time. The disqualification matter is to be heard and disposed off within a period of three months and that is the law of the land but the matter was kept in the Speaker’s court for more than 15 months and now it is pending here in the court. So, the substantial question of law was raised in this petition,” said Borgohain. (Page News Service)