HC bars Speaker from declaring judgment

IMPHAL, 18th Jun: The High Court of Manipur in an interim order has directed the Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly to keep reserved judgment/order which was to be pronounced on Thursday “till tomorrow”.
The High Court issued the directive while hearing a petition filed by MLA Paonam Brojen with Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly and two others as respondents on Thursday. Senior advocate HS Paonam appeared for the petitioner while senior advocate N Ibotombi and advocate Kh Tarunkumar are counsels for three respondents.
HS Paonam submitted that the manner in which the notice dated June 17 has been issued, is unfair, unreasonable and illegal. An order was issued by the Speaker’s Tribunal informing that the petitions for disqualification would be listed on June 17. But on June 16, a notice was issued informing that the said petitions would be taken up on June 22 for further proceedings on the ground that the Speaker was indisposed/unwell. It has further been submitted that in the late night of June 17, a message was received by some of the counsels through their WhatsApp that the said petitions were rescheduled on June 18, although copies were not officially received by them as has been done in the past.
Reason for which the petitions were re-scheduled on June 18, were not disclosed in the said notice. In view of the above submissions, the counsel prayed that the notice dated June 17 and the Cause List dated June 18 be quashed and set aside.
HS Paonam as well as N Ibotombi appearing for the petitioner and the respondent No 3 respectively submitted that in order to avoid any further complicacy in the matter, the Speaker’s Tribunal be directed to keep the order/judgment reserved by him on Thursday, in abeyance “till tomorrow”.
After hearing both sides, the High Court directed that the judgment/order which is reserved for pronouncement on Thursday by the Speaker, shall be kept in abeyance “till tomorrow” as an interim measure and in order to avoid further complicacy in the disposal of the petitions pending before the Speaker.
“It is made clear that the order/judgment reserved today [Thursday] by the Speaker, shall not be pronounced by him till tomorrow,” the order stated. “In fact, this Court is not concerned with the election of the Rajya Sabha nor is it concerned with the political development in the State. All that this Court is concerned about, is the disposal of the petitions in accordance with law and in particular, the manner in which the petitions are disposed of by the Speaker’s Tribunal,” the court observed while pronouncing its interim order.

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