Case against Zeliang dismissed

The court of the judicial magistrate first class today dismissed a case against Nagaland chief minister T.R. Zeliang, on alleged false educational qualifications submitted to the returning officer, Peren, during the general elections in 2013.

By H. Chishi in Kohima
  • Published 30.07.16
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Kohima, July 29: The court of the judicial magistrate first class today dismissed a case against Nagaland chief minister T.R. Zeliang, on alleged false educational qualifications submitted to the returning officer, Peren, during the general elections in 2013.

The judicial magistrate, Peren, Somet Chumden Chang, in an order today, said the Supreme Court had directed it todetermine the question of limitation.

The complainant, Maziezokho Nisa, had accused Zeliang of submitting a false bachelor's certificate when filing for the nomination in 2013.

Nisa had filed the complaint against Zeliang for the offence punishable under Section 125-A of the Representation of People's Act 1951 for submitting a false affidavit with regard to his educational qualification while submitting his nomination papers.

She said Zeliang had passed his bachelors in arts from Kohima College in 1980, which was found to be wrong.

It added that the respondent not only failed in all the subjects in his examination in 1979 but also did not appear for the graduation exam in 1980.

The magistrate said a perusal of the record shows that one complaint was filed on November 9 last year and the second case was filed on January 18.

As the nomination papers of the respondent were made public after being scrutinised and accepted by the returning officer on February 7, 2013, both the complaints should have been filed by February 2014.

Former chief minister and now Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio is also facing a similar case. The court has ordered Rio to appear in person before it on August 8 here.