Manipur: No entry for Congress defectors into Assembly, HC tells Speaker

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IMPHAL | JUNE 08, 2020:

The Manipur High Court on Monday passed an order and directed Speaker Yumnam Khemchand to 'restrain' the entry of seven Congress MLAs, who had 'defected' to the saffron party, into state Assembly until further orders.

The seven MLAs include Sanasam Bira Singh, MLA; Ginsuanhau, MLA; Oinam Lukhoi Singh, MLA; Ngamthang Haokip, MLA; Yengkhom Surchandra Singh, MLA; Kshetrimayum Bira Singh, MLA and Paonam Brojen Singh, MLA.

After hearing disqualification petitions filed against them, the one-judge Bench of Justice K Nobin Singh of the High Court ordered all these seven MLAs to be restrained from entering the Manipur Legislative Assembly, Imphal.

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Meanwhile, the team of advocates representing petitioners from the Congress is led by senior advocate and also Congress leader Kapil Sibal.

The court said that the speaker had failed to decide on the petition which was filed by the Congress party; it said that the Speaker had not disposed of the petitions despite having been filed on November 8, 2018.

Earlier, the Supreme Court stripped Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar of his office and banned his entry into the Assembly. The Speaker had later disqualified him as a member of the Assembly.

Shyamkumar was elected in the 2017 elections on a Congress ticket but switched to the BJP even before being sworn in as an MLA. Post-disqualification, he was made an advisor to Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh.