HC sets Feb 27 for UNC leaders
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, February 22 2017:
United Naga Council (UNC) president, information secretary, Additional Solicitor General of India and Joint Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs (North East In-Charge) appeared before High Court of Manipur today.
UNC president Gaidon Kamei and information secretary Shangkhel Stephen are currently lodged in Manipur Central Jail.
The duo was asked to appear before the Court on February 27 again after consulting their counsel.
The Court also asked Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) North East, Satyendra Garg to submit their report on March 1.The direction was given by a bench of the Court comprising of Chief Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad, Justice N Kotiswar and Justice Kh Nobin Singh.
During the Court proceedings, the two UNC leaders were asked whether they have the knowledge that imposition of bandh and blockade on National Highways is illegal as per the Supreme Court ruling to which the duo replied that they do not have such knowledge.
The Court then asked the leaders to discuss the apex Court ruling with their counsel and appear before the Court again on February 27 with written submission.
Counsel of the two UNC leaders also appeared before the Court on behalf of Warngam Anal, vice-president of the Naga apex body during which he submitted that the latter had tendered resignation from the vice-president post and primary membership by submitting relevant documents.
As the remaining UNC office bearers failed to turn up before the Court and by their representative counsels, the Court passed a direction to send another notification to the UNC office bearers to make physical appearance on February 27.Additional Solicitor General of India, SK Narasina submitted that MHDCL has been approved to hand over the construction work of the National Highway and as per a report, road stretch around 15 km along the highway is in a bad condition.
He further submitted that the road stretch needs major repairing before the onset of rainy season.
He assured the Court that a report in this regard would be submitted on next date.
Advocate General of Manipur, I Ibohal gave submission before the Court that from February 19 onwards, there has been open sale of petrol in 69 oil pumps of the State and the price list of essential commodities in Imphal area had already been submitted.