Manipur Speaker takes up disqualification cases of 7 MLAs

IMPHAL, Feb 11 | Publish Date: 2/11/2020 11:50:11 AM IST

Tribunal of Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly on Tuesday heard the disqualification petitions of seven MLAs pending with the tribunal. 

The tribunal posted the proceedings of the cases till the conclusion of the forthcoming budget session of the state Assembly due to end by February 28. The tribunal initiated disqualification proceedings of the seven Congress MLAs defected to BJP under the Constitution’s 10th Schedule of Indian Constitution, popularly known as Anti-Defection Law. 

The MLAs facing the disqualification case are: Oinam Lukhoi, Ksh Biren, Paonam Brojen, Sanasam Biramani, Ngamthang Haokip, Ginsuanhau and Y Surchandra. 

In the backdrop of a recent Supreme Court’s judgment, the Speaker of the state Assembly has on Tuesday notified to conduct the final hearing of separate petitions seeking disqualification of the seven Congress MLAs who defected to BJP filed separately by Congress MLAs and pending with the Speaker’s tribunal. 

During today’s hearing, the respondent of the cases filed one preliminary objection each, questioning maintainability of the petitions. Speaker Y Khemchand directed the counsels of petitioners to furnish written objection, if any, to the preliminary objections filed by the respondent as early as possible before the conclusion of the forthcoming budge session on February 28, 2020. 

The Speaker also directed the respondent to file written statements/replies to the disqualification petitions before the conclusion of the forthcoming budget session.      (Correspondent)

 On February 4, the same tribunal had conducted the hearing of another disqualification plea of state forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar and reserved the judgment. 

While reserving the judgment, the Speaker had directed petitioners and respondent of the case to file additional documents and arguments if any till February 12 which will be followed by judgement. 

In that hearing, the Speaker had rejected respondent’s plea for differing the hearing taking in account the long pending case and citing the upcoming budget session of the state Assembly.

The budget session of the state Assembly will commence from February 14 and will continue till February 28.


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