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Manipur speaker dismisses plea by7 rebel Cong MLAs

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 6 | Publish Date: 6/6/2020 1:23:20 PM IST

The fate of seven Congress MLAs defected to BJP hangs in uncertainty as the tribunal of Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly on Saturday dismissed miscellaneous objection plea filed by the MLAs facing disqualification.

The Speaker’s tribunal dismissed the miscellaneous objection plea filed by the seven MLAs on the ground that the applications filed by them did not have any merit. The Speaker’s tribunal heard the miscellaneous objection plea filed by the respondents (seven MLAs), submitted today against the petitioners’ application for disqualification of them. 

The respondent MLAs (Defected MLAs facing the disqualification cases) are Oinam Lukhoi, Ksh Biren, Paonam Brojen, Sanasam Biramani, Ngamthang Haokip, Ginsuanhau and Y Surchandra.

As many as 15 petitions filed by sitting Congress MLAs against the seven defected MLAs were pending with the tribunal of the Speaker for pronouncing the final verdict.

After hearing both the counsels of the petitioners and the respondents, the Speaker’s tribunal today dismissed the plea on various grounds.

The Congress MLAs filed the disqualification cases under 10th Schedule of Indian Constitution, popularly known as Anti-defection Law against their seven colleagues who were currently supporting the BJP-led coalition government. The tribunal had already reserved its judgement after hearing the preliminary objections by Speaker’s tribunal on May 8 last, without fixing any date to pronounce the judgment in the backdrop of prevailing situation arising out of COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s hearing came up close to the heel after the high Court of Manipur reserved the judgment for miscellaneous cases seeking restrain of seven MLAs facing disqualification from entering the state Assembly complex on Friday (June 5) till June 8 (Monday).

 

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