The Naga Peoples Front (Legal Cell) has clarified the news report of Supreme Court 'dismissing' the Special Leave Petition, which appeared in a section of the local dailies.
According to a press release issued by Convener of NPF Legal Cell Achumbemo Kikon, the SC in its order dated June 15, 2016 directed the Trial Court to determine the question of limitation and for that purpose the petitioner (TR Zeliang) need not appear in person and can appear through his counsel. The SC went on to say in its order that it will be open to the petitioner to raise all contentions and in case the petitioner is aggrieved by the decision of Trial Court, he is at liberty to seek legal remedy in accordance with law. "As such, it is made clear that the said SLP was not dismissed but sent back to the Trial Court with clear directives. As a matter of fact, it cannot be construed as dismissed," the NPF Legal Cell asserted. It also claimed that the SC order has come as a big relief for Nagaland Chief Minister, T R Zeliang as the opposite party kept on insisting that he should appear in person inside the courtroom. "Nonetheless, this particular order of the SC has vindicated the CM to a large extent as the directive given will definitely be the main guiding principle while deciding the case," it claimed. The NPF Legal Cell further maintained that the SC order has actually strengthened CM's contentions and therefore there is no reason at all for the "opposite group to be jubilant." The release said. UNI AS/KDG SDR SB RK1600
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