Final hearing of minister Shyamkumar’s disqualification case on February 4

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 31 | Publish Date: 1/31/2020 12:36:01 PM IST

The tribunal of Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly has fixed dates for the final hearing of disqualification cases of Congress MLAs defected to ruling BJP.

The final hearing of the cases against forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar will be held on February 4 at 10.30 am while that of other seven MLAs on February 11.

A recent order of the Supreme Court of India passed on January 21 has directed the Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly to decide within four weeks the plea of a Congress MLAs seeking disqualification of forest minister Th Shyamkumar. A copy of the Supreme Court’s order was submitted to the Speaker’s tribunal by senior advocate SJ Hasnain of apex court on January 25. After submitting the copy, the senior advocate had said that the order of the court will also cover other pending disqualification cases in the Speaker’s tribunal.

A development to the recent order of the Supreme Court, the tribunal of Speaker has fixed the final hearing of the disqualification pleas of minister Shyamkumar on February 4 at 10:30 am.

Secretary of Manipur Legislative Assembly issued a notification in this regard, has directed the parties to submit additional documents, if any, on or before February 3 during office hours.  As many as 15 disqualification cases for disqualification of the minister were pending with the Speaker’s tribunal.  These cases were filed by Congress MLAs. Th Shyamkumar was elected on Congress ticket in the general election to the state Assembly in 2017 but he switched to the BJP soon after the election results were declared and became forest and environment minister in the cabinet of N Biren Singh led BJP’s coalition government.

Following suit, seven MLAs of the state Assembly who were elected on Congress tickets also joined the saffron fold later . 

The MLAs are Oinam Lukhoi, Ksh Biren, Paonam Brojen, Sanasam Bira, Ngamthang Haokip, Ginsuanhau Zou and Yengkhom Surchandra. The applications seeking disqualification of the seven lawmakers under the 10th Scheduled of Indian Constitution (Anti-defection law) filed by Congress MLAs were also pending with the Speaker’s tribunal. Another notification issued by the secretary of the Manipur Legislative Assembly fixed the final hearing of the pending cases on February 11 and directed all concerned parties to submit written statement/reply and additional documents, if any, on or before February 7 without fail.


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