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Tussle for Westyard Colony’s GB post reaches High Court

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 23: A tussle for the position of GB (gaon burah) in Westyard Colony, Dimapur, has come to light following a ruling issued by the Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court on Tuesday.

As per Court document, a GB of the Colony, Ashim Patikar had filed a writ petition seeking for quashing and setting aside of a letter forwarded on November 2 last by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) of Dimapur, H Atokhe Aye to the Commissioner of Nagaland.
In the letter, the ADC had written: “…I am forwarding herewith an application received from the residents of Westyard Colony for appointment of Shri Bivas Chowdhury (Pinku) as GB of Westyard Colony in place of Shri Ashim Patikar, GB under Dimapur District citing dissatisfaction with the services rendered by the incumbent GB. Verification report of the Extra Assistant Commissioner (Sadar) is also enclosed for reference”.
According to the Court order, the petitioner is a resident of Westyard Colony settled since the 1950s. He was appointed as GB in 2006. “Apparently, a complaint was lodged against the petitioner for removing him from the post of GB”, it stated.
During the hearing, the Counsel for the petitioner submitted that as per the Nagaland Government notification issued on April 9, 2010 for appointment of GBs in the State, the petitioner is qualified to hold such post.
“The candidature recommended by the State respondent No.3 (ADC, Dimapur) is a non-resident of Westyard Colony. The Chairman and members of Westyard Colony had written a representation dated 08.11.2021 to the Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, as well as to the Commissioner, Nagaland, Kohima, citing that there is no complaint against the petitioner and he is discharging his duty sincerely”, it stated.
However, the Court order, delivered by Justice S Hukato Swu, observed that no adverse order had been passed by the authority concerned till the filing of the writ petition.

“Such being the position, I find that there has been no infringement of legal rights of the petitioner and the writ petition has been filed prematurely. Accordingly, the writ petition is dismissed. The petitioner is however at liberty to approach this Court as and when his rights are violated”, it ruled.
The petition was filed against the State of Nagaland, Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, Extra Assistant Commissioner (Sardar) of Dimapur, and Chairman of Westyard Colony Council.
(Page News Service)