Imphal: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an interim stay order on the Manipur High Court’s verdict that set aside the election of NPF nominee Dr Lorho S Pfoze as Outer Manipur Lok Sabha MP over the alleged error in his nomination paper in 2019.
Pfoze has welcomed the order of the top court. “Thank you everyone for keeping the faith, and remembering us in your prayers all this while. Onward, together we march,” MP Lorho said in a Facebook post.
Earlier, a single bench of the Manipur High Court had quashed the election of Dr Lorho as MP of the 2-Outer Manipur Parliamentary constituency in the 17th Lok Sabha election for filing a false affidavit and declared BJP’s Houlim Shokhopao Mate, alias Benjamin Mate, as the new elected MP for the seat reserved for the scheduled tribes.
Challenging the verdict of the Manipur High Court, MP Lorho moved the apex court recently.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Lorho won with 3, 63,527 votes and Benjamin stood second with 2, 89,745 votes.
With the apex court order, all the benefits and privileges of an MP will continue to remain with Dr Lorho except that he will not have voting rights in the Parliament.