News Desk: On Monday, the Gauhati High Court dismissed a writ petition challenging Governor Jagdish Mukhi”s decision to place Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) under his rule after the tenure of the previous BTC, where the Bodoland People”s Front (BPF) was in power, had expired in April.
BTC deputy speaker Nerswan Boro and BTC executive member Jagadish Sarkar filed a suit in Guwahati High Court challenging the Governor’s rule. However, Justice Achintya Malla Bujor Barua dismissed the case citing lack of merit.
“The Honourable Gauhati High Court today dismissed the writ petition which challenged the Governor’s assumption of the BTC administration upon the expiry of its term on April 27, 2020. The Honorable Gauhati High Court giving its verdict on the writ petition filed by Nerswn Boro and Jagadish Sarkar observed that there is no merit in the writ petition and therefore it should stand dismissed,” the Raj Bhawan said in a release.
Election to the 40-member BTC was scheduled on April 4, but it was postponed indefinitely due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Subsequently, the governor assumed administration of the Council on expiry of its five-year term on April 27 this year. Welcoming the verdict, BJP Assam president Ranjeet Kumar Dass said in a statement, “Nobody can deny the role of all parties in strengthening the basic principles of democracy. Moreover, the public has welcomed the steps taken by the governor to continue the developmental works in the BTAD”.
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