Aizawl, April 27: Lalngaihmawia Zote , Chief Judicial Magistrate of Mizoram’s central Serchhip district on Friday deferred Lal Thanhawla‘s case on the allegedly false affidavit declaration for another one month as the chief minister failed to appear before the court. The next hearing has been fixed on May 25.
Earlier on 28 March, the chief magistrate differed hearing of the controversial false affidavit case for one month as Lal Thanhawla’s counsels insisted time for gathering documents.
The five-time chief minister of Mizoram had been summoned by the district court following a criminal complaint filed by Lalhriatrenga Chhangte, who is the deputy controller of mines under the Government of India.
Sources from Serchhip said that not only the chief minister Lal Thanhawla but also his lawyer Remsanga Nghaka failed to show up for the hearing on Friday “citing personal problems.”
The complainant Chhangte and his counsels were present at the hearing.
Lal Thanhawla’s second counsel Laithanpuia requested the chief magistrate to defer the hearing for another time. The magistrate granted the request.
The next hearing of the alleged false affidavit case has been scheduled for May 25 and the chief minister is expected to appear before the court with objection and other supporting documents.
On 27 January, Chhangte, in his criminal complaint, had accused the chief minister of concealing information about him owning a plot of land in Kolkata, and his actual age in his affidavit while filing nomination for the 2013 assembly elections.
Chhangte alleged that Lal Thanhawla owned a plot in New Town on the outskirts of Kolkata where he is constructing a multi-storied building. He said that the chief minister failed to declare about his land ownership in his affidavits when he filed candidature for his home turf Serchhip in 2013, which according to him, contravenes section 125-A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
Chhangte also alleged that Lal Thanhawla had fabricated information about his actual age in the affidavit.
He had also appealed to Election Commission of India (ECI) to look into the case, which was declined by the panel as the deadline for filing the complaint was already over.
The controversial issue of Lal Thanhawla withholding information regarding the ownership of land and his age in his affidavits came to light in November last year when Chhangte accused him of doing so on his Facebook post.
Sticking to the allegation, various opposition parties including Zoram National Party (ZNP) had demanded the resignation of Lal Thanhawla.
Meanwhile, opposition MNF in a statement on Friday said Lal Thanhawla has no respect for the judiciary and that “he thinks of himself above the law”.