Manipuri Journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhemcha Granted Bail
After more than 2 months, the Court of Sessions, Judge, Senapati on Tuesday granted bail to Manipur TV journalist, Kishorchandra Wangkhemcha.
Journalist, Kishorchandra was booked for sedition and promoting enmity between different communities on racial grounds, over responding to a viral social media post made by a high-profile BJP politician’s wife. The post was in response to a reportedly derogatory comment and a “racial slur”’ about her made by a Meitei woman close to her husband.
Kishorchandra was arrested on September 29, 2020 for the second time on charges of inciting enmity between two communities and was detained at the Sajiwa Central Jail in Imphal East.
He recently, on December 2 wrote a letter to editors of news media houses about his unjust incarceration at Sajiwa Central Jail.
Comedian Kunal Kamra to Face Contempt Proceedings for his Tweets Criticising SC Bail to Arnab
Kunal Kamra faces contempt charges over a series of tweets criticizing the Supreme Court for granting interim bail to Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami.
Attorney General (AG) K.K. Venugopal Thursday gave consent to eight persons, including lawyers, to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the stand-up comedian.
In a series of tweets posted Wednesday, after the top court’s order to grant bail to Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in a 2018 suicide abetment case, Kamra criticised the SC for fast-tracking the hearing of his appeal.
The comedian’s tweets were not only in bad taste but clearly crossed the line between humour and contempt, the Attorney General said.
“The tweet is a gross insinuation against the entirety of the Supreme Court of India and its judges,” said Venugopal.
“Today people boldly and brazenly condemn the Supreme Court and its judges in what they believe is freedom of speech,” he said.
Following Kamra’s tweets, the AG’s office received eight letters, asking for his consent to initiate contempt of court proceedings under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, and the Supreme Court of India rules.
Two MLAs released on bail over alleged charges of confinement in Manipur
Ex-MLA Subhaschandra filed complaint against two Congress MLAs for forceful confinement
Imphal: Ex-MLA S Subhaschandra filed a complaint alleging MLA K Meghachandra, MLA Th Lokeshwar and HVS managing director Huidrom Vikramjit that he was forcefully confined at the Congress camp at Patsoi from June 17 till June 23, 2020.
Session Judge, Imphal on July 8 granted interim anticipatory bail to MLA Meghachandra, MLA Lokeshwar and Huidrom Vikramjit till July 16. The court was given anticipatory bail with a condition that in the event of the arrest in connection with FIR, they shall be released on interim bail on the execution of PR bond 1 lakh with one surety of like amount and with condition that they shall cooperate with the investigation.
Court has fixed July 16 for the next hearing and directed the officer-in-charge of Patsoi PS to submit a detailed report on or before the next date of hearing.
On complaint, ex-MLA Subhaschandra of Naoriya Pakhanglakpa has alleged them that during confinement he was physically and mentally tortured compelling him to sign a resignation letter under extreme duress. He claimed that he was pushed and slapped on his face by MLAs and managing directors.
During the hearing, the counsel of Subhaschandra submitted that on June 17, Soibam Subhaschandra along with two other BJP MLAs, Samuel Jendai and TT Haokip joined the camp of the Congress Party at the house of Huidrom Vikramjit at Patsoi after resigning from the primary membership of BJP and tendering their resignation as MLAs. They were enrolled as members of the Indian National Congress.
He further submitted that Subhaschandra joined the camp of the Congress party on his own will and the two MLAs and managing director have no connection with Subhaschandra’s resignation.
Anticipatory bails were applied under section 438 in connection with FIR filed against them by ex MLA Subhaschandra.
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