The Gauhati High Court Kohima Bench

Kohima: The Naga People’s Front (NPF), the opposition party in the state on Monday sought the intervention of the High Court to restrain seven rebel MLAs from entering the proposed Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) session scheduled on February 12.

An introductory application (IA) was submitted to the Court on Monday by the petitioners 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.

“The contention of the petitioner is that sufficient delay has been caused therefore, in the interest of justice, the petitioner pray 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,” an order issued by Judge of the Gauhati High Court Kohima Bench, Justice S Hukato Swu said.

Advocates representing the respondents through video conference, DK Misra and SS Dey jointly sought some time to file its response to the IA filed on Monday.

The court then decided that the respondents should be allowed to file a reply and hear the parties for disposal, giving a week before the next hearing.

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Speaking to reporters outside the High Court bench in Kohima, Siddharth Borgohain, Supreme Court lawyer representing the petitioners said that it sought the HC’s intervention to restrain seven MLAs from entering the upcoming Assembly session.

He informed after hearing the matter, the court “appreciated that there is a substantial question of law is involved in this matter” and a final hearing will be held on February 8, days before the proposed Assembly session begins.

“Whether the disqualification petition will survive or whether the 7 MLAs will be restrained from entering the Assembly, we will get to know on February 8,” he added.

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