Despite court case Shylla to appoint new EMs

SHILLONG, Jul 14: A day after the opposition in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Friday filed a case in the Meghalaya High Court against the election of the CEM, Hispreaching Son Shylla said that he will go ahead with the appointment of Executive Members of the new Executive Committee (EC).

“The court has not passed any stay order in relation to the elections of the CEM which was held on Friday. Therefore, I will be submitting the names of the Executive Members of the new EC to the Governor probably by Monday,” Shylla informed here today.

It may be mentioned that on Friday, Shylla was elected as the new CEM of the Council.

Shylla also informed that the legal counsel of the Council are studying the petition filed by the PDF.

It may be mentioned that PDF parliamentary party leader James Ban Basaiawmoit in his petition before the Meghalaya High Court alleged that the conduct of the election to the post of CEM was not as per rule.

The newly elected CEM said that his office has received the certified copy of the petition and an affidavit before the court will be filed as early as possible.

It may be mentioned that the Meghalaya High Court in relation to the petion filed by the PDF Parliamentary Party leader on Friday had asked the state government, KHADC and pro-tem chairman to file reply affidavit within a week’s time.

The petition was filed against the Meghalaya government, KHADC and Protem chairperson of the council.

Speaking to reporters on Friday after filing the petition, Kharpuri had said that as the candidate, she abstained from the election to the CEM post since the election was not guided by rules.

She also alleged most of the members received the notice for the election only at 8 am on Friday, while some received in the wee hours at 1 am, and 3 am.

Kharpuri also said that since the election to the post of CEM could not be held as scheduled at 2 pm on Thursday, the nomination papers of the candidates have become invalid, and fresh filing of nominations should be called.

“Since due procedures were not followed, we did not participate in the election, and instead approached the judiciary for justice,” Kharpuri had said.

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