Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Bar association censures NPF

Taking strong exception to the NPF party’s comments that the verdict of Gauhati High Court with regard to the petition filed by Yitachu, MLA, against the imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland, was “arbitrary” and with “malafide intentions,” the High Court Bar Association, Kohima, has said such “irresponsible statements” had resulted in making a mockery of the rule of law.
The bar association also reminded that any attack against the rule of law was an attack against the very foundation on which society was based.
The association in a press release issued by its president Timikha Koza and secretary Akito Zhimomi said any litigant aggrieved by a judicial decision was at liberty to challenge the same in the appropriate forum.
“Resorting to publications in the media and terming an adverse judgement as ‘arbitrary and with malafide intentions’ reveals not only ignorance but also disrespect for the rule of law,” the association said.
The association also said the threat of the NPF party to boycott or prevent the celebration of the diamond jubilee of the Gauhati High Court in Nagaland, compounded the seriousness of the matter.
Terming the threat as nothing but immaturity and emotional rhetoric, the bar association reminded that in the present century, the rule of law was the guiding principle, which governed all societies.
“The judgement in the President’s Rule case [2008 (2) GI.T 284] is just an example of dispensation of justice in societies where the rule of law prevails. It is most unfortunate that the reactions to the said judgement has resulted in making a mockery of the rule of law,” the association added.
Expressing pain over the “irresponsible statements”, the association said that regardless of party politics or positions held, “it must be appreciated by all that the rule of law is supreme.”
The bar body also requested the public in general and the “protagonists” in particular not to demean the institution of justice and the rule of law.

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