Prafulla Mahanta to file contempt petition against BJP President Amit Shah
GUWAHATI: The former Chief Minister of Assam and senior Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leader, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta-led Asom Andolan Sangrami Manch on April 26 decided to file a contempt of court petition against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president, Amit Shah for making public statements when there is a case pending proceedings in the Supreme Court related to the updation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.
“The petition will be filed in the Supreme Court of India within the next ten days. In his recent public rallies in West Bengal, Amit Shah said that the works of update of the NRC will be stopped until the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is passed in both the houses of Parliament. How can he say that when the Supreme Court dateline has been fixed for July 31st, 2019 for the authorities here in Assam to publish the NRC,” said Mahanta.
Urging the anti-Citizenship Bill forces to unite against it, the former Chief Minister said that the decision has been taken on behalf of the people of Assam.
He further informed that the forum have already engaged senior advocate Dilip Choudhury to file the petition.
“This is contempt of the Supreme Court proceedings. When the apex court is monitoring the NRC update process and has fixed July 31 as the dateline for completing the final NRC, how can one make such a comment?” said advocate Dilip Choudhury.
“This is a criminal contempt and we are going to appeal to the top court to draw contempt proceedings against Shah. We are going to file the petition against Shah within ten days,” said Choudhury while talking to media on Thursday, April 25.
It may be motioned that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill remained one of the major poll issues in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Assam. The ruling saffron party made its stance clear that it would bring the bill to the opposition including the Congress who vowed to scrape the bill.
Prafulla Kr. Mahanta (L) Amit Shah (R)