IMPHAL: The High Court of Manipur in an interim order has suspended the disqualification order of lone AITC MLA Tongbram Robindro Singh who recently withdrew from the BJP led Government to join hands with the opposition Congress.
The interim order was passed by a division bench of Manipur High Court comprising of Justice Lanusungkum Jamir and Justice Ahanthem Bimol on Friday in response to the writ petition (C) no 317 of 2020 filed by disqualified MLA Tongbram Robindro challenging the verdict of the Assembly Speaker.
“On a perusal of the records, we are prima facie convinced at this stage that an interim order is called for. Accordingly, the order dated July 18, 2020 passed by the learned Speaker’s tribunal in disqualification case no 1 of 2020 shall remain suspended till the next date”, said the Court.
The court fixed July 20 for the next hearing.
During hearing of the case, the court heard the submission of the counsels of the petitioners and the Solicitor General of the Speaker and another respondent on the prayer for interim relief.
Advocate N Ibotombi, M Hemchandra appeared for the petitioner while Tusar Mehta, Solicitor General; Satyapal Jai, ASG; PS Narasimha, Senior Advocate; and Lenin Hijam Addl AG appeared for the respondents. The court also asked to serve a notice on respondent no 3 MLA Th Satyabrata by dasti service within one week and thereafter the petitioners will file affidavits to that effect.
MLA Robindro who got elected from Thanga AC on AITC ticket in 2017 state Assembly election supported the BJP led coalition Government. On June 17, he withdrew support from the BJP led Government along with 4 NPP MLAs, one Independent MLA and forged an alliance with the Opposition Congress to form a new Government.
A day after his withdrawal of support, Speaker’s tribunal disqualified him on June 18 under 10th Schedule of the Constitution based on a petition filed by MLA Th Satyabrata who in his petition claimed that Robindro merged to BJP after dissolving Trinamool Congress party which attracts disqualification under 10th Schedule.
The court also took up the matter of Congress MLAs petitions filed for disqualification of the remaining 3 MLAs who are yet to be disqualified by the Speaker’s tribunal.