SC nails CBI, SIT on Manipur fake encounter

AGENCIES/NNN IMPHAL, 8th Jan: 
The Supreme Court on Monday said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Special Investigative Team (SIT) did not peruse Manipur fake encounters case seriously.

The court also expressed displeasure over the low number of FIRs registered in the regard.

Underlining that only 11 FIRs were registered in the case in last six months, the apex court asked CBI DIG in-charge of helming probe to be present in the court during the next hearing on January 16.

The Supreme Court had ordered a CBI probe by a special investigating team SIT into the fake encounter killings in Manipur in the last decade.

A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Uday Lalit passed this order on a writ petition filed by the Extra Judicial Execution Victim Families Association (EEVFAM) alleging 1528 fake encounter deaths in Manipur in the last decade and demanding a probe by a special investigation team.

It also then ordered the Director of the CBI to nominate a group of five officers to lodge necessary FIRs and to complete the investigations by December 31, 2017 and prepare charge sheets, wherever necessary.

Meanwhile, a statement of Human Rights Alert (HRA) stated that the Supreme Court also discussed the sworn affidavit of head constable Thounaojam Herojit that was admitted as criminal miscellaneous petition case number 1018 of 2018 requesting the production of the 3-4 diaries seized by CBI in 2010 where he had made detail entries of the operations he witnessed and to have his Cr PC 164 statement recorded. Justice UU Lalit observed that Herojit’s 164 statements can be recorded by a CJM in Delhi and vicarious responsibility of the statement can be fixed. The Court asked the petitioners to provide detail accounts of the case.

The case of EEVFAM was heard on Monday in court no 4 of the Supreme Court, according to HRA executive director Babloo Loitongbam.

“The Court was not happy with the slow process and non-compliance of its directives and the absence of any of the SIT members,” he added.

Petitioner’s counsel, Colin Gonsalves pointed out the as per the SC judgment there should have been several charge sheets filed by now, Babloo stated.

The Court then directed the CBI to file status report of the investigation by January 15, 2018 and directed that the DIG heading the SIT should be present in person in the next hearing on January 16, 2018, the human rights activist also said.

According to Babloo Loitongbam, the Court also discussed the sworn affidavit of Head Constable Thounaojam Herojit that was admitted as criminal miscellaneous petition case number 1018 of 2018 requesting the production of the 3-4 diaries seized by the CBI in 2010 where he had made detail entries of the operations he witnessed and to have his Cr PC 164 statement recorded. Justice UU Lalit observed that Herojit’s 164 statements can be recorded by a CJM in Delhi and vicarious responsibility of the statement can be fixed, Babloo Loitongbam stated. The Court asked the petitioners to provide detail accounts of the case, the human rights activist further said.

Colin submitted video footage that clearly shows Jhalajit interacting with Herojit and several other police personnel on the crime scene of July 23, 2009, Babloo added.


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