Disqualification of 12 MLAs: Supreme Court defers hearing

The ECI in March, gave its opinion in favour of the 12 MLAs on the basis of two laws which granted them exemption. The two laws have, however, become defunct.


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The Supreme Court on Monday heard pleas related to disqualification of 12 MLAs who were appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries in Manipur; however, the Apex court deferred hearing the matter till August 3.

The Supreme Court was likely to announce the final judgment on the disqualification case of 12 MLAs, who were appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries in Manipur for holding office of profit.

The date was fixed after the hearing of the case before the Supreme Court on July 5 as per a petition filed by Congress MLA DD Thaisii and other Special Leave Petitions filed before the Court.

The Congress MLA filed the writ petition before the Supreme Court, seeking direction to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to give its opinion to the governor of Manipur regarding the disqualification of the 12 MLAs.

The ECI in March, gave its opinion in favour of the 12 MLAs on the basis of two laws which granted them exemption. The two laws have, however, become defunct.

The 12 MLAs were sworn in as Parliamentary Secretaries on March 15, 2017, the day chief minister N Biren and his Council of Ministers were sworn in.

After hearing the petition filed by Congress MLAs Surjakumar Okram and DD Thaisii, the High Court of Manipur passed a judgement on September 18, 2020 which categorically stated that the Manipur Parliamentary Secretary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provision) Act, 2012 and the Manipur Parliamentary Secretary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provision) Repealing Act 2018 are unconstitutional.

The High Court also made it clear that the Manipur Parliamentary Secretary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provision) Repealing Act 2018 was invalid.

The 12 MLAs who were appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries are L Susindro (Khurai assembly constituency), N Indrajit (Kshetrigao assembly constituency), L Rameshwor (Keirao assembly constituency), Th Satyabrata (Yaiskul assembly constituency), H Dingo (Sekmai assembly constituency), Dr S Ranjan (Konthoujam assembly constituency), S Subashchandra (Naoriya Pakhanglakpa assembly constituency) who has since resigned from the Assembly, K Robindro (Mayang Imphal assembly constituency), Leishiyo Keishing (Phungyar assembly constituency), Khasim Vashum (Chingai assembly constituency), Awangbow Newmai (Tamei assembly constituency) and Asab Uddin (Jiribam assembly constituency).

 

First Published:July 27, 2021, 8:18 a.m.

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