Speaker reserves order of preliminary objection

IMPHAL, 8th May: Hearing of the disqualification case against seven Congress MLAs who joined BJP led government was conducted Friday at the tribunal of the Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly while the Speaker reserved the order of the preliminary objection filed by the seven MLAs.
Congress MLAs and others filed the case at the speaker’s tribunal seeking disqualification of seven Congress MLAs who joined the BJP led government charging them of violating the 10th Schedule of Indian Constitution as per the Anti Defection Law. Seven Congress MLAs and others filed disqualification case against O Lukhoi of Wangoi AC, Ksh Biren Singh of Lamlai AC, Paonam Brojen of Wangjing-Tentha, S Bira of Kumbi, Y Surchandra of Kakching, Ngamthang Haokip of Saitu and Ginsuahao of Singhat AC.
Hearing of the case resumed Friday at the Speaker’s tribunal from 11am and Speaker Y Khemchand told media persons after conclusion of the hearing that preliminary objections were filed from the side of the seven respondents.
Contending that disqualification case against them not only had technical defect and unmaintainable but based on improper documents, the respondents prayed for rejecting the disqualification case. Nevetheless, the tribunal upon hearing statements of both the sides reserved order of the preliminary objection to ascertain authenticity, he said, adding that no time has been fixed for declaring the order in view of COVID-19 pandemic.
Mention may be made that the speaker’s tribunal had accepted the preliminary objection filed by seven respondent MLAs as miscelleanous case and initiated steps to dispose the same first.

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