IMPHAL: Lone Trinamool Congress MLA T Robindro who had been disqualified by the Speaker was suspended from disqualification by the Manipur High Court division bench till July 17, on Friday.
MLA T Robindro was disqualified from Manipur Legislative Assembly based on a petition filed against him by Trinamool Congress earlier for allegedly having merged with the BJP three years ago.
As recently as June 17, three BJP lawmakers had resigned from the party and the Assembly and six other MLAs four from National People’s Party, MLA Robindro and an independent MLA withdrew their support to the BJP led government.
Meanwhile, after the judgment of the Speaker Tribunal for disqualification, MLA Robindro challenged his disqualification judgment before the High Court of Manipur.
High Court division bench comprising justice Lanusungkum Jamir and justice A Bimol passed an interim order that the Speaker’s Tribunal disqualification ordered on June 18 shall remain suspended till July 17.
On Friday 's hearing, N Ibotombi senior counsel and M Hemchandra senior counsel present for the petitioner. And Tushar Mehta, Solicitor general; Satyapal Jai, ASG; PS Nashima, senior advocate and Lenin Hijam, additional AG, Manipur have presented for the Speaker, secretary of Manipur Legislative Assembly and Thokchom Satyabrata respectively.
Division bench directed Thokchom Satyabrata, MLA of 14 Yaiskul AC has to be served by Dasti Service within a period of one week from today. Thereafter, the petitioner shall file an affidavit to that effect. All three respondents have allowed filing counter-affidavits.
The division bench heard petitioner counsel as well as counsels of respondent’s submission and after perusal the disqualification records, division bench has prima facie convinced at the stage that an interim order has passed by suspending disqualification till July 17.
On petition, the petitioner T Robindro mentioned that he has supported the BJP led government and withdrawn support from the existing BJP led government by submitting a letter on June 17 to the chief minister of Manipur. Meanwhile, the Speaker without issuing any notice and without giving any opportunity of being heard has passed an order of disqualification from being a member of Manipur Legislative Assembly on June 18.
The petitioner prays for quashing the ex-parte disqualification order of the Speaker’s Tribunal.
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