Mizoram chief minister’s false affidavit case deferred yet again

Chief Minister-in Mamit-ah a rualin building pathum a hawng. Thil tharte hi hmasawn zelna tura tanna petu a nih ka beisei: CM
Hriata Chhangte (right) and his counsels at Serchhip district court

LUNGLEN BUREAU

Aizawl April 27, 2018

For the second time in a row the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Serchhip district in Mizoram on Friday deferred Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla‘a case on the alleged false affidavit declaration for another month.

The next hearing will be held on May 25 on the alleged false affidavit declaration by the five times Chief Minister of Mizoram.

The criminal complaint, lodged by Lalhriatrenga Chhangte, who is the deputy controller of mines under the Government of India, accused the Chief Minister of concealing information about his extended property in Kolkata in his affidavit while filing for nomination in the last Mizoram Assembly election.

Sources from Serchhip said that not only the chief minister Lal Thanhawla but also his lawyer Remsanga Nghaka failed to show up for the hearing “citing personal problems.”

On the chief minister’s behalf Hawla’s second counsel Laithanpuia request the magistrate to defer the hearing for another time, which was granted.

Chhangte, in his criminal complaint alleged that the Chief Minister possesses ownership of a piece of land at New Town on the outskirts of Kolkata, where the construction of a multi storied building is underway and that the Mizo Chief Minister failed to declare this asset in the last election.

He further accused the Chief Minister of failing to disclose full information about the extent of his property while filing for candidature in the Serchhip constituency; adding further that the State Congress president also fabricated false information regarding his age.

 

Several variations of his age have been given, such as 57 years in 2003, 68 years in 2008 and 71 years in the 2013 Assembly elections.

Chhangte had also filed a criminal complaint with the Election Commission of India (ECI) against the Chief Minister in November last year to look into the alleged false affidavit case, as it stands to contradict Section 125-A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

However, when the ECI let the complainant know that the tenure for filing the official complaint was over, Chhangte sued Lal Thanhawla in the Serchhip District Court for withholding information.

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