Ajay seeks probation
Sentence and probation hearing on Jan 20
IMPHAL |Jan 10
Nongthombam Ajay Singh, who has been convicted in the Irom Roger killing case, has applied for probation of good conduct and the court of sessions judge Imphal West will hear his probation plea during sentence hearing on January 20.
Ajay was produced before the court of sessions judge M Manojkumar Singh today for sentence hearing.He was convicted on Friday of culpable homicide for firing from his licensed pistol causing death of Irom Roger, 21. The court had fixed today for sentence hearing.
During today’s hearing Ajay applied for probation for good conduct under Section 4 of the Probation of Offender’s Act read with Section 360 of Cr PC.
After hearing counsels of both the defense and prosecution the court directed probation officer of Imphal West to submit a detailed report for consideration with the sentence hearing on or before January 20.
“Situated thus, I am of the opinion that, it will be more proper to call the report from the probation officer concerned for consideration with the sentence hearing,” the judge said in his order.
Accordingly, the court directed the probation officer Imphal West to submit a detailed report of the convict, Ajay Singh, son of Nongthombam Ajay of Luwangsangbam Mamang Leikai.
The order said the counsels of CBI as well as of the accused are at liberty to submit their respective arguments on January 20.
Earlier in his argument, the counsel of the accused drew the attention of the court to sub-section (2) of Section 4 of Probation of Offender’s Act and summated that before making any order under sub-section (1) of Section 4 of the probation act, the court shall take into consideration, if any, of the probation officer concerned in relation to the case. The counsel also prayed for calling report from the probation officer prior to sentence hearing.
The CBI counsel, on the other hand, argued that since the accused is convicted under Section 27 of the Arms Act, the Probation of Offender’s Act is not applicable. He cited a ruling in this regard.
The maximum jail term for the offence is ten years with or without fine.
Large numbers of security personnel were deployed at Cheirap Court complex.
On the day he was convicted, people tried to attack Ajay while he was escorted out of the court.
Though the court complex was crowded with supporters from both parties, police maintained tight vigil.
After the court proceeding when the accused Ajay Meitei was driving out on police van, a huge crowd was also seen gathered outside the court complex.
Advocate H Chandrajit Sharma, advocate S Lakhikanta Singh and advocate P Ibomcha Singh represented today as defence counsel.