IMPHAL: Forest and Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar exuded confidence that he has not broken any law and that he would warmly accept the verdict of the Supreme Court in the anti-defection case against him.
Supreme Court is the apex court of the country and the law maker. And in a secular country like India, no one is above the law and an MLA from a local constituency like me has to honour the verdict of the apex court of the country, the minister said while attending a Silver Jubilee celebration of the Manipur Catholic Youth Organisation (MCYO) held at Catholic School Canchipur on Thursday.
The Minister however asserted that that he has broken no law and that he was right in what he did.
The remark of the minister came in the wake of the recent verdict of SC directing the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly to decide on the disqualification case of the minister and other seven Congress MLAs who defected to BJP within four weeks of the 2017 state assembly election results being declared.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the SC verdict, Speaker’s tribunal of Manipur Legislative Assembly has fixed February 4 for the final hearing of the disqualification case filed against Minister Th Shyamkumar.
M Ramani, secretary Manipur Legislative Assembly has issued a notice directing the parties to submit additional documents, if any, on or before February 3 during office hours.
Congress MLAs, being petitioners, filed as many as 15 disqualification cases pleading the Speaker’s tribunal court to disqualify minister Th Shyamkumar, who won election on Congress ticket and defected to BJP.
The Speaker’s Tribunal also fixed 10.30 AM of February 11 to conduct further proceedings on the disqualification cases filed against seven defected Congress MLAs – Oinam Lukhoi, P Brojen , Ngamthang Haokip, Ksh Biren, Y Surchandra, S Bira, Ginsuanhau Zou.
Assembly secretary in a notice directed the parties to submit additional documents, if any, on or before February 7 without fail.