Nagaon, Oct. 4: Gauhati High Court has passed an interim order asking Jayram Engleng to continue as the chief executive member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) till December 6.
The interim order, passed by the Ujjal Bhuyan bench of the high court yesterday, was produced by Engleng at a news meet at Diphu, the district headquarters of Karbi Anglong, this morning.
The order was passed on a day 18 of the 21 Congress members in the council met governor J.B. Patnaik at Raj Bhavan in Guwahati and submitted a no-confidence letter against Engleng.
“Under the provisions of the Sixth Schedule, the members of an existing executive body of an autonomous council cannot sign a no-confidence letter. For this, the executive must be dissolved first. They can sign the letter just as elected representatives in the council,” Engleng told reporters.
All the 18 executive body members, all Congressmen, of the 30 (now 29)-member council had signed the no-confidence letter.
They had prepared the letter on September 13, after which they called Engleng to two parliamentary committee meetings and requested him to step down.
Each time, Engleng agreed to do so, refusing once the meetings ended.
A source close to Engleng today said the order could bring chaos in the council, as the executive body might not cooperate with the CEM, affecting the smooth functioning of the council.
The anti-Engleng camp has threatened to move court, challenging the interim order.
“We had made all the arrangements to elect a new CEM. We urged the governor to call a special session of the council on October 7, where we would have moved a no-trust motion against Engleng. Next day, we planned to submit the nomination for a new CEM and we might have got one by October 9. Let’s see if the court can give us a solution before December 6,” a Congress council member said.
Sources said Engleng had the backing of a section of officials serving in the district for more than a decade. “There is fear psychosis in the minds of a section of government officials in Karbi Anglong These people want Engleng to continue as he is one of the few representatives who allegedly advocates their needs,” a source said.