Imphal, Jan 14
Triple bench of the Supreme Court of India has reserved the hearing of the disqualification case of Forest and Environment Minister Th. Shyamkumar today.
Report from New Delhi said that Final hearing of the case was held in the triple bench of three Supreme Court Judges comprising of Justice Rohintom Fali Nariman, Justice Hemanta Gupta and Justice V. Rama Subramania. The triple bench reserves the hearing and the verdict is expected to be announced within one or two week.
Petitioner of the Special Leave Petition, MLA Keisham Meghachandra while talking to Imphal times said that the Congress party believes in the judiciary of the country even though it takes times in delivering justice.
Earlier, Congress MLAs K Meghachandra and Md Fajur Rahim filed a petition at High Court of Manipur claiming that Shyamkumar’s joining of BJP led government is unconstitutional as per Tenth Schedule of Indian Constitution as he was elected on Congress ticket. In its judgment pronounced on July 23, 2019, the High Court of Manipur termed Andro MLA’s joining of BJP led coalition government and becoming a minister as unconstitutional. While mentioning that Speaker’s inaction to disqualify the MLA is wrong, the high court’s decree also said that petitioners can go to higher court. Accordingly, Meghachandra and Fajur Rahim filed another SLP petition against MLA Shyamkumar at Supreme Court.
“We in the Congress party don’t believe in forcibly formed illegal government and we move to the Supreme Court as the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Y. Khemchand failed to comply with the HC directives for taking up disqualification case against Forest and Environment Minister Shyamkumar.”, Meghachandra said.
He added, “We are waiting for around 3 years and we are exhausted in waiting justice to be delivered, as the Speaker of Manipur legislative Assembly did not take up the case as a functionary of the constitution, we are left with no choice but to move to High Court and later to Supreme Court.”
Meanwhile, source from Congress office said that similar intervention of the Supreme Court is also expected soon for the 7 defected Congress MLA who had joined the BJP and support the N. Biren Singh government.