Imphal: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the special leave petition filed by Okram Henry Singh to nullify Yumkham Erabot Singh as the member of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, as per the report.

A three-judge Bench of Justices Uday Umesh Lalit, Ravindra Bhat and M Trivedi examined the civil case during the election matter hearing and declared Henry, who was elected from Wangkei assembly constituency, as null and void. Moreover, the apex court also dismissed the case.

It further dismissed the civil appeal case by Henry challenging the Manipur High Court’s order, declaring the second highest vote recipient Erabot as the MLA of Wangkhei AC.

Earlier, the Manipur High Court had passed a judgment announcing Erabot as the duly-elected member from 15 Wangkei assembly constituency, wherein declaring the election of Henry in the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly election 2017 as null and void.

In the last assembly polls, Henry, the nephew of former CM Okram Ibobi Singh, had won the elections on a Congress ticket by a margin of 4,336 votes, defeating his BJP opponent Erabot.

In August 2020, he switched over to the BJP from the Congress and was appointed a cabinet minister for Social Welfare, Cooperation and MAHUD.

Erabot then filed an election petition to the Manipur High Court, accusing Henry of deliberately misrepresenting his educational qualification along with the nomination paper before the returning officer of the constituency for the elections in 2012 and 2017.

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