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HC notice to state, NC Hills Council on extension of term

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

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issued notice to the government and the on a petition challenging the extension of the council's term by six months by the without holding election.

A division bench comprising and Justice Achintya Malla Bujor Baruah, issued the notice after hearing the PIL filed by Samarjit Haflongbar, former Member of the Council and former MLA.

The petitioner submitted that the Hills Area Department's issued a notification on May 31 to extend the term of the council for six months from the date of expiry on June 3.

The term was extended on the ground that about 80 per cent of the Council's officers are engaged in updation work of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and therefore it would be difficult to hold the election.

However, the petitioner said only five per cent of officers and staff members of the Council are engaged in NRC updation work, according to data received under the Right to Information Act.

The petitioner prayed for setting aside the notification and a direction to the for holding the immediately.

The court fixed the case for further hearing on July 17.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 21:50 IST
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