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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2677

Stayed Order on three MLAs upheld

By Oken Jeet Sandham
Kohima, 24 September, (Asiantribune.com):

In what could be a major relief to the aggrieved three MLAs – Imtilemba Sangtam, Dr TM Lotha and Mmhonlumo Kikon – the “Stayed Order” passed by the Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court here on September 12, 2014 was upheld by High Court at Guwahati today.

According to sources available with NEPS today, the High Court at Guwahati, in a landmark judgment, upheld the “stayed order” which was passed by the Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court here on September 12, 2014.

Mention may be made that a Court hearing on the Nagaland Assembly Speaker Chotisuh Sazo’s order disqualifying erstwhile 3 NCP legislators – Imtilemba Sangtam, Dr TM Lotha and Mmhonlumo Kikon took place on September 12 last here at Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court.

And after hearing both petitioner and respondents of about two hours, the Court granted a stayed order suspending the disqualification order issued on August 25, 2014 till the next date of hearing fixed on October 28, 2014.

In the meantime, the Speaker moved an application for vacating the interim stay to Appellate Court at Guwahati but after hearing today, the Court turned down. Again, the counsels of the Speaker prayed for modification of their petition whereby the Assembly membership of the aggrieved three MLAs would be restored but without granting their voting rights. In this, the Court again turned down saying that the aggrieved three MLAs would continue to remain as full-fledged members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly till the next hearing that is fixed on October 28, 2014, the sources said.

Legal sources further explained that the purpose of interim order is to preserve the interest of the parties in status quo and thereby to protect their interest pending the litigation and accordingly, in the present case, the next hearing will take place on October 28, 2014 at Gauhati High Court at Guwahati but not at Kohima.

- Asian Tribune -

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