The Supreme Court has deferred the final disposal hearing on office of profit case of 12 Manipur MLAs appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries to September 3, 2021.
Congress MLA, DD Thaisii in his plea had sought the Supreme Court alleging that the Election Commission of India has failed to discharge its constitutional duty.
While the decision has been deferred several times now, the apex court listed the hearing for Thursday but eventually it was again deferred to September 3 citing lack of time.
The 12 MLAs are L Susindro, N Indrajit, Dr S Ranjan, S Subashchandra, K Robindro, Leishiyo Keishing, L Rameshwor, Th Satyabrata, H Dingo, Khasim Vashum, Awangbow Newmai and Asab Uddin.
The High Court of Manipur on September 17, 2020 struck down Manipur Parliamentary Secretary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2012, and the Manipur Parliamentary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Repealing Act, 2018.
Manipur Congress appealed to the then governor Najma Heptulla on the matter. The governor had sought the view of the Election Commission. However, due to lack of response from the EC on time, the Congress MLA had filed the writ petition at the Supreme Court.
The last hearing was held on July 26.