Manipur High Court dismisses pleas challenging disqualification of three former MLAs

The Tribunal of the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly disqualified the three former MLAs, Ksh Biren, Sanasam Bira and Yengkhom Surchandra under the 10th Schedule of Indian Constitution, popularly known as anti-defection law, on June 18, 2020.

The High Court of Manipur on Wednesday dismissed pleas that challenge the disqualification of three members of the Manipur Legislative Assembly.

The three former MLAs — Ksh Biren, Sanasam Bira and Yengkhom Surchandra –have filed petitions challenging the ruling of the Speaker’s Tribunal disqualifying them from being members of the Manipur Legislative Assembly.

The three former MLAs filed their petitions challenging the orders that disqualified them from being members of the Manipur Assembly passed by the Speaker.

The Tribunal of the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly disqualified the three former MLAs under the 10th Schedule of Indian Constitution, popularly known as anti-defection law, on June 18, 2020.

Surchandra had also challenged a judgment of the same court declaring his election from Kakching constituency in 2017 election null and void.

A ruling of the High Court of Manipur later declared the election of Surchandra in 2017 as null and void in November of the same year. The court had also declared M Rameshwar who secured second position in the election as an elected member of the constituency (Kakching A/C).

The high court dismissed the pleas of the three former MLAs after hearing their petitions on Wednesday upholding the verdict of the Speaker that disqualified them under the 10th Schedule of Indian Constitution stating that the orders stand valid and the three former MLAs remained disqualified.

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