AIZAWL, Sept 29 - The Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court, Ajit Singh, has assured to consider Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla�s request to rescind the HC order of September 22 withdrawing all the three judges from Lunglei district following a mob attack on the district court in the southern town of Mizoram.
Justice Ajit Singh, in his second letter to Mizoram Lal Thanhawla, said that the latter�s request for rescinding the High Court�s order would be �sincerely considered.�
Following the attack on the district court by a mob belonging to the Zohnuai locality of Lunglei town on September 22, the High Court on the same day issued an order for withdrawal of all the three judicial officers. The judges have been attached to the Aizawl District and Sessions Judge�s office till further orders. The order also barred magistrates in the neighbouring Lawngtlai district from holding circuit courts at Lunglei.
The Lunglei incident took place after residents of Zohnuai locality, who gheraoed the court and demanded to see a murder accused, came to know that the magistrate had conducted a camp court inside the district for the safety of the accused.
In his letter dated September 27, Justice Singh expressed appreciation for Lal Thanhawla Government�s �stern and immediate action for controlling the situation as well as taking corrective measures in Lunglei district.�
�The initiative by you to repair damaged court buildings, offices and residential quarters and providing security to the judicial officers is a welcome step. It would bring faith, respect and confidence of the public at large upon the pillars of the Constitution and would encourage the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary to march ahead in tandem,� Justice Singh said.
He also expressed the hope that all steps would be taken by the State Government to book those guilty in the incident and adequately compensate the losses suffered by the persons involved in general and the officers as well as their families in particular.
Justice Singh said that he would visit Lunglei district to take stock of the situation. State Government officials said that the Chief Justice is scheduled to visit Lunglei on October 5.
Justice Singh, in his first letter on Friday, came down heavily on the rampaging mob and the State Government, observing that there was immense failure on the part of the law-enforcing agencies.