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High Court may decide JHADC case on Nov 18

Shillong, Nov 7: The case filed by Congress MDC, Awhai Andrew Shullai against the election of Finelyness Bareh as the new chairman of Jaintia Hills Autonomous District (JHADC) is likely to be decided by the Meghalaya High Court on November 18.
During hearing of the case yesterday, acting Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court, Justice Hamarsan Sing Thangkhiew said that as there is some urgency in the matter, endeavour would be made to dispose of the case on the next date of hearing scheduled on November 18.
It may be mentioned that Shullai had moved the High Court challenging the election of Bareh as JHADC chairman during the special session held on September 9.
Shullai said that the election was conducted hurriedly without following the procedure and also without the approval of the Governor.
He had also alleged that the Governor had only summoned the special session and there was no direction to conduct the election of JHADC chairman.
He also sought the High Court’s intervention to quash the election.
It may be mentioned that opposition Congress MDCs had walked out of the session in protest against the election of the new chairman.
The election was held after the resignation of Lakhon Biam from the post of JHADC chairman.
Biam who resigned from the UDP had joined the BJP along with three other MDCs – Dawan Lyngdoh, Krishon Langstang and Treilang Suchiang on September 8.
With their resignation, the strength of UDP in the JHADC had gone down to six.
UDP and NPP are part of the ruling United Democratic Alliance (UDA) coalition in JHADC.