Aizawl, May 25: Chief minister Lal Thanhawla on Friday appeared before chief judicial magistrate of Serchhip district court Lalngaihmawia Zote in the false affidavits case against him.
The complainant Lalhriatrenga Chhangte along with his two counselors also appeared before the court for hearing. The chief minister was accompanied by his councilors Remsanga Nghak and Lalthanpuia.
Upon arrival at the court, Lal Thanhawla was greeted by a host of Congress workers, while the complainant was also accompanied by youth members of opposition the Mizo National Front (MNF).
Lal Thanhawla and his counselors submitted supporting documents and objections against the allegation to the court. The chief judicial magistrate heard the case and dismissed the case of concealing actual age in affidavits by Lal Thanhawla on the ground it has crossed a limitation period of more than one year.
The court of chief judicial magistrate accepted the case for further proceeding and decided to have cross examination of both the accused and complainant’s claims on 25 June.
The five-time chief minister of Mizoram was summoned by the district court following a criminal complaint filed by deputy controller of mines, Lalhriatrenga Chhangte, on January 27.
Chhangte 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.
He 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 Chhangte, 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.
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.