High Court suspends resolution of Kumbi Municipal councillors` group to remove chairperson

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IMPHAL, October 24: The High Court of Manipur has suspended the resolutions passed by some sitting councillors of the Kumbi Municipal Council during a meeting on October 10 removing the sitting chairperson of the council Moirangthem Bineshwar Singh from his post.

The judgement was passed yesterday by a single bench of Justice Kh Nobin Singh.

It is learnt that the councillors had convened a requisition meeting on July 17 against the chairperson and issued a notice on October 7 considering a no-confidence motion against the sitting chairperson of the council Moirangthem Bineshwar Singh.

In pursuance of the October 7 notice, the councillors convened a special meeting on October 19 inside the Conference room of the Bishnupur Mini Secretariate during which it was resolved to remove the chairperson from his post.

On the same day, the executive officer forwarded the resolutions taken during the meeting to the director MAHUD stating that the post of KMC chairperson was vacant, informed a source.

It is said that aggrieved by the resolutions, the chairperson and two other councillors identified as Ward no 2 councillor Khangembam (o) Pratima Leima and Ward no 9 councillor Wahengbam (o) Indubala Leima filed a Writ Petition before the High Court challenging the meeting proceedings and the subsequent letter submitted to the executive officer on October 19.

The respondents of the case are State of Manipur represented by secretary (MAHUD) government of Manipur, deputy commissioner Bishnupur, executive officer Kumbi Municipal Council and six councillors identified as Nongmaithem Babudhon Singh, Nongthombam Inaobi Meitei, Nongmaithem (o) Shanti Devi, Moirangthem (o) Nungshitombi Devi, Wahengbam (o) Thoibi Devi and Lhangembam (o) Inakhunbi Devi.

In his judgement, the Judge directed to issue notice to the respondents returnable in four weeks and for the government advocate Sh Yangya for State of Manipur represented by secretary (MAHUD) government of Manipur, deputy commissioner Bishnupur to `Accept notice on behalf of the respondent Nos 1 and 2 and hence no formal notice is called for in respect of respondent Nos. 1 and 2.`

The judgement further directed senior advocate N Kumarjit appearing for the petitioners to take steps for serving notice upon the respondent Nos. 3 to 9 by registered post with AID card and dasti in addition.

`List it on 30-10-2015 for consideration of the interim prayer. Till then the proceeding of the meeting held on 19-10-2015 and the letter`™ dated 19-10-2015 addressed to the Director (MAHUD), Govt. of Manipur by the Executive Officer shall remain suspended.`

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