Nagaland: Judge recuses from NPF Party Whip hearing

No issue, says Shürhozelie led NPF; hearing deferred to October 25

Dimapur, October 12 (MExN): The hearing on the Whip issue of Naga People’s Front (NPF) which was scheduled today has been deferred to October 25 following recusal of the judge hearing the case on the ground that two of the respondents to the case are his kith and kin.


However, the NPF led by Shürhozelie Liezietsu maintained that deferment of the hearing to October 25 by the Kohima Bench of the Guwahati High Court “should not be construed as anything negative or positive for either of the parties.”


It was deferred as the Judge before whom the matter came up for hearing had excused himself from taking up the case on the ground that two of the respondents to the case are his kith and kin, stated a press release from Media & Press Bureau, NPF Central Headquarters Kohima.


Instead, it insisted that the case before the Court of law is very simple: “Is it the political party or the Legislature Wing which appoints the Chief Whip for the Party?.”


“The Tenth Schedule of the Indian Constitution does not have even a whiff of mention that the legislature wing appoints the Chief Whip of the party, but makes it abundantly clear that it is the political party which appoints the Chief Whip so as to enable it to keep its flock together,” it added.


It further noted that it is a truth universally accepted that the President of a political party or someone authorized by the President, who appoints the Chief Whip in order to keep the legislators within the parameters of the party’s principles and ideologies, especially when it comes to voting in either the Parliament or the Legislative Assembly.


“And anyone who deviates from this universal truth and practice would be doing so at his own peril, like what TR Zeliang and group are doing,” it added.


The NPF Central further claimed that Whip Issue in the Court “is hanging over the TR Zeliang-led Government like the proverbial Damocles’ Sword.”


“Sooner or later, the Law will catch up with the wrong-doers and rectify the gross injustices they have perpetrated,” it postulated.