Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang interacting with media persons on Wednesday Credit: EastMojo image

Kohima: A day after Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) Speaker Sharingain Longkumer dismissed the petition of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) which sought the disqualification of seven rebel MLAs, the party announced its decision to move the high court to appeal against the Speaker’s ‘arbitrary’ judgement.

Following a meeting convened by the NPF legislature Party on Wednesday, Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang told reporters that after deliberately discussing on the judgement delivered by the Speaker, it has resolved to go to High court to make an appeal against the speaker’s judgement. “We will take the consent of the president also,” he added.

Zeliang said that the speaker has done justice in “one way” by fairly conducting the “proceeding of the case for the first time in the history of Nagaland Assembly”. “He allowed both the parties to examine the witnesses and to cross examine the petitioners by the respondent’s lawyers and the petitioner’s lawyers were allowed to cross examine the respondents witnesses. So, he [Speaker] has done fairly for the first of its kind which was never done in the past,” he said.

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Zeliang said that the speaker also invited both the parties — seven members each for a “joint hearing”. He said that the speaker gave ample time for both parties to question each other and even allowed the petitioners and respondents to submit the affidavit and arguments made before the speaker, in written form.

“But, at the end of the day, he has to follow the advice of somebody so he has delivered the judgement arbitrarily, that justice was not done to the petitioners. So, naturally the aggrieved party has to go higher court. So today’s meeting we have discussed how to go about, against the speaker’s arbitrary order or judgement. We have decided to go to higher court against the speaker’s judgement,” he said further adding that the it resolved to move to the High court after taking the consent of the president.

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Zeliang said that the party will “most probably” go back to the Gauhati High Court Kohima Bench which had earlier directed the speaker to decide the disqualification matter within six weeks. He added that the stipulated time directed by the Court expired on July 13 and that the speaker’s judgement was delivered a day “behind schedule”.

Further, he said that the NPF Legislature party has authorised him to take the matter to the party for consent after which it move to the court with an “appeal against the judgement of the speaker”.

He also said that the meeting on Wednesday also discussed on various issues that needs to be proposed for the forthcoming Assembly session which will commence on the July 30.

Through an order on Tuesday, the speaker said that following its findings, and taking into account the decision of the Supreme Court, “there is no sufficient ground for presuming that the Respondents had voluntarily given up the membership of the original political party”.

Therefore, the speaker dismissed the petition filed by MLA Chotisuh Sazo and MLA Imkong L Imchen against seven MLAs of the party namely EE Pangteang, Eshak Konyak, Kejong Chang, BS Nganglang Phom, Toyang Chang, Thongwang Konyak and CL John.

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