KEISHAM MEGHACHANDRA SINGH Vs. THE HONBLE SPEAKER MANIPUR LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
Keisham Meghachandra Singh
The Honble Speaker Manipur Legislative Assembly
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(2.)The Appeals in the present case raise important questions relating to the Tenth Schedule to the Constitution of India
(hereinafter referred to as "Tenth Schedule"). The election for the
11th Manipur Legislative Assembly was conducted in March, 2017.
The said Assembly election produced an inconclusive result as none of the political parties were able to secure a majority i.e. 31 seats in a Legislative Assembly of 60 seats in order to form the Government. The Indian National Congress (hereinafter referred to as "Congress Party") emerged as the single largest party with 28 seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party (hereinafter referred to as "BJP") coming second with 21 seats. The Respondent No.3, in the Civil Appeal arising out of SLP(C) No. 18659 of 2019, contested as a candidate nominated and set up by the Congress Party and was duly elected as such. On 12.03.2017, immediately after the declaration of the results, Respondent No.3 along with various BJP members met the Governor of the State of Manipur in order to stake a claim for forming a BJP-led Government. On 15.03.2017, the Governor invited the group lead by the BJP to form the Government in the State. On the same day, the Chief Minister-Designate sent a letter to the Governor for administering oath as Ministers to eight elected MLAs including Respondent No.3. On the same day, Respondent No.3 was sworn in as a Minister in the BJP-led government and continues as such till date.
(3.)As many as thirteen applications for the disqualification of Respondent No.3 were filed before the Speaker of the Manipur
Legislative Assembly between April and July, 2017 stating that
Respondent No.3 was disqualified under paragraph 2(1)(a) of the
Tenth Schedule. The present petition that was filed by the Appellant,
in the Civil Appeal arising out of SLP(C) No. 18659 of 2019, was
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