Speaker’s tribunal adjourns MLAs disqualification cases hearing to July 16

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IMPHAL, June 20: The Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker today adjourned the next hearing of all four ongoing disqualification cases against Konthoujam MLA Konthoujam Sharat Singh and Langthabal MLA K Shyam Singh till July 16.

The hearing of the four cases began at 10:30am before the Tribunal Court of the Speaker and after a brief break from 1:15pm to 2pm continued till 4pm.

The first case to be taken up by the tribunal was disqualification case no 7 of 2014 – Th Shyamkumar Singh, MLA vs K Sarat Singh, MLA.

During the hearing petitioner of the case, Th Shyamkumar was represented by senior advocate HS Paonam, advocate L Ashini Kumar, advocate S DIjeswar, advocate Ksh Harichhaya, advocate N Bipin and advocate S Gunabanta., whereas the respondent K Sarat Singh was represented by advocate N Jotendro, advocate H Maipaksana and advocate Babita Thoudam.

In its ruling the tribunal said “Pursuant to the order passed by the Tribunal on June 6, 2015, the respondent has filed an application dated June 19, 2015 thereby submitting the status report in regards to WP (c) no 436 of 2015 now pending before the High Court of Manipur, coupled with a prayer for adjournment of the case for at least six weeks or till the final disposal of the case whichever is earlier.”

The ruling continued “Respondent is to satisfy this Tribunal as to whether pendency of a case before the High Court will bar this tribunal from taking up further proceedings in the absence of any stay order from the High Court.”

“In this regard, the learned counsel for the respondent prays for sometime which is not objected by the learned counsel for the petitioner. Prayer is allowed. List the matter on July 16 for further proceedings.”

The tribunal court than took up three disqualification cases against Langthabal MLA K Shyam Singh case no 14 of 2014, case no 15 of 2014 and case no 16 of 2014.

The petitioners of the three cases are K Sharatchandra Sharma, N Momon Meitei and Kh Vimal Singh respectively and were represented by advocate S Rupachandra and advocate S Gunabanta.

MLA Shyam Singh who is the respondent was represented by advocate Khaidem Mani, advocate S Shyamcharan and advocate Th Jugindro.

In his ruling for case no 14 of 2014, the tribunal said “Petitioner has filed an application dated June 19 praying for two weeks time for bringing certain vital documents on record considered the prayer in the interest o justice, prayer is allowed. As agreed by both the parties, list the matter on July 17 for further proceedings and the petitioner may file the documents as prayed for on or before July 14.”

The ruling in case no 15 of 2014 says “Petitioner has filed an application dated June 19 praying for two weeks time for bringing certain vital documents on record. Considered the prayer in the interest of justice, prayer is allowed. As agreed by both the parties, list the matter on July 17.”

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