AIZAWL, March 16 - The Chief Judicial Magistrate of Serchhip district in central Mizoram has summoned Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla to appear before his court on March 28 on charges of filing false affidavits before the 2013 Assembly elections.
Lalhriatrenga Chhangte, Deputy Controller of Mines at the Indian Bureau of Mines, Kolkata, accused Thanhawla of concealing information about his owning a plot of land at Kolkata and his actual age while filing his nomination papers.
Chhangte alleged that though the Chief Minister owns a landed property at New Town in Kolkata, he failed to mention this in the affidavit while filing his nominations on November 8, 2013.
Chhangte filed a complaint before the Election Commission of India (ECI) in November last against the Mizoram Chief Minister. The ECI instructed the complainant to lodge a complaint in Serchhip district.
The five-time Chief Minister Thanhawla got elected from his traditional Serchhip constituency for the third consecutive time in 2013. He lost the seat in the 1998 elections, but has retained it since 2003. The complainant, too, is a voter from Serchhip town.
Langaihmawia Zote, the Chief Judicial Magistrate at the Serchhip District Court, registered a criminal complaint (No. 1/2018 U/S 190 r/w Section 200 of CrPC) against the Chief Minister on January 17 this year.