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High Court to hear two important matters today

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  7 Jan 2016 12:00 AM GMT


SHILLONG, Jan 6: The Meghalaya High Court on Thursday will take up two important matters, the Meghalaya Lokayukta Act, 2014, that allows a non-judicial member to head it and the issue of protection to be provided to the retired Judges.

It may be mentioned that in its last hearing on the matter of the Meghalaya Lokayukta Act, 2014 held on January 4, the Meghalaya High Court had closed the right of state to file affidavit after the chief secretary did not file a comprehensive affidavit on the issue.

The bench said that despite a detailed order passed by this court last year (on December 17), Chief Secretary PBO Warjri has not filed affidavit.

The High Court had directed the state government to file affidavit on the provisions of Section 3 of Meghalaya Lokayukta Act, 2014, which allows non-judicial members to be appointed as the Chairperson of the Lokayukta in the state.

Meanwhile, on the matter of protection to be provided to the retired Judges, the Meghalaya High Court has summoned the Union Home Secretary.

The High Court wants the Union Home Secretary to remain present in the Court during the hearing on Thursday for “assistance and early decision”.

It may be mentioned that during the last hearing held on January 4, the division bench of Meghalaya High Court comprising Chief Justice Uma th Singh and Justice T N K Singh expressed dissatisfaction with Union Home Ministry Director (North East-I), J P N Singh.

The High Court, had said, “We have earlier also noticed the dismal performance and indifferent attitude of JPN Singh in various other cases where the Ministry of Home Affairs, has been a party. Director, (NE.I), JPN Singh, instead of solving the issues, seems to be in the habit of not taking any decision on one pretext or other.”

The High Court rued the fact that the last order containing the direction for categorization of security cover was passed way back on 10.12.2015, but till date the MHA official has not done the needful.

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