NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that the governor of Manipur cannot delay a decision on the recommendation made by the Election Commission on disqualification of 12 BJP MLAs on the issue of allegedly holding office of profit.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Congress MLA DD Thaisii, contended before a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, BR Gavai and BV Nagarathna that a constitutional authority can’t keep the decision pending, and emphasised that only one month remains in the expiry of the term and everything will be over after a month.
Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for Election Commission, said the poll panel had furnished its opinion in January and it was binding on governor.
Agreeing with Sibal’s contention, the bench said the governor cannot delay in taking the decision in the matter and observed that the apex court in other cases had nudged the governor to take decisions in a time-bound manner. The court issued notice to the secretary to the governor on a plea seeking to bring on record the decision and scheduled the matter for hearing on November 11.
The apex court was hearing a writ petition by Thaisii, seeking disqualification of 12 BJP MLAs. The plea had pointed out that these MLAs were holding posts of parliamentary secretaries which amounted to an office of profit.

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