Guwahati: The Gauhati high court on Saturday giving clean chit to state chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma set aside the entire proceeding in a complaint against him for allegedly violating model code of conduct during Lok Sabha election of 2019.
Sarma had moved the high court after a lower court here in February last had summoned him to appear before the court and also slapped a fine upon him when he failed to follow the court orders in the case.
Earlier, the Election Commission filed the case against Sarma based on an allegation by Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) alleging that he had given an interview to a satellite news channel of the state even after the MCC was imposed then.
The complainant side has even submitted digital evidences against Sarma then. The court had also summoned representative of the news channel to appear before it.
“…this Court is of the considered opinion that continuation of criminal proceeding would amount to abuse of process of court causing injustice and quashing of the proceeding would otherwise serve the ends of justice. Resultantly, the impugned orders as well as entire proceeding pertaining to CR Case No.1843C /2019 under Section 126(1)(b) of the Representation of People’s Act pending before the court of learned CJM, Kamrup (M) at Guwahati is hereby quashed and set aside,” the high court order read.