Court summons NEHU, Kohima College on CM’s educational qualification issue

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 24 (MExN): A court order has summoned the Registrar, North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) Shillong and Principal/Registrar, Kohima College to produce records pertaining to the educational qualification of Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang.


In an order, Judicial Magistrate First Class, Kohima, Court, Tucuno Vamuzo, summoned the NEHU registrar to produce records of the educational qualification of the chief minister in respect of the examination of BA (Bachelor of Arts) held during the year 1978-1979 and 1979-1980.


It also summoned the principal/registrar, Kohima College to produce records pertaining to the qualification of Zeliang along with his mark sheets in respect of the examination of BA held in the year 1979 and in the year 1980.


The Judicial Magistrate informed that it received a criminal complaint filed by one Maziezokho Nisa under section 125 A of the representation of Peoples Act 1951 against the accused/respondent TR Zeliang, Chief Minister of Nagaland.


In a separate press statement, Maziezokho Nisa alleged that TR Zeliang, who holds the highest office of the State, has made a false claim and declaration on his educational qualification and therefore has misled the people. “It is a great insult upon the entire Naga population and he no longer has any moral authority to continue in the chair,” the press statement from the individual claimed.


According to Nagaland Legislative Assembly record and election affidavit of 2013, the chief minister claimed to have graduated from Kohima Arts College in 1979 and 1980.


However, as per RTI information, he allegedly failed in all subjects in 1979 and had no record of appearing BA exams in 1980.


The court has fixed November 30, 2015 as the date of appearance for the complainant witnesses to record their statements.