July 9, 2020

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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