FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
ITAGAR, Aug 31: The Supreme Court on August 24 last has disposed off the review petition in the Wanglam Sawin versus the Speaker of Aruchal Pradesh Legislative Assembly and others pertaining to the membership of the Wanglam Sawin and Gabriel D Wangsu in the Aruchal Legislative Assembly.
In the order, it stated that parties to the litigation have agreed to the effect that the matter can be remanded to the Speaker so that it can be decided afresh after hearing the concerned parties.
“We are sure that the Speaker shall decide the matter expeditiously, preferably within one month from the date of receipt of a copy of this order,” said the order.
Sawin and Wangsu have been directed to appear before the Speaker on September 19 so that the date of further hearing can be decided.
Sawin and Wangsu, who were elected to the Aruchal Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Khonsa East and Kanubari constituencies, resigned their seats in the Assembly on October 1 last year.
The resigtions were accepted by the than Speaker but Wanglam Sawin and Gabriel Denwang Wangsu filed a Writ Petition before the Gauhati High Court questioning the validity of the Speaker’s decision to accept their resigtions. The Court dismissed the said writ petition on January 12 last.
A Special Leave Petition was filed by the MLAs before the Supreme Court which was also dismissed. On dismissal of the Special Leave Petition by the Supreme Court on February 9 this year, the vacancy of Kanubari Assembly Constituency was treated as a clear vacancy.
The election commission had called for a by election in May which was challenged as they filled a Review Petition before the Supreme Court in Wanglam Sawin versus the Speaker, Aruchal Pradesh and others which led to the deferment of the by election as well as the current order.