Implement witness room without further delay: HC

The direction was issued by the division bench in connection to the cases taken up by the court for re-monitoring criminal cases against MPs and MLAs of the state.


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The Manipur High Court of Manipur comprising Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice A Bimol on Wednesday directed the state law secretary to implement witness room without any further delay by January 14.

The direction was issued by the division bench in connection to the cases taken up by the court for re-monitoring criminal cases against MPs and MLAs of the state.

The court further added the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, government of India as a party respondents in the case in terms of sanction 45 (1) of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, since the sanction for prosecution involves the permission of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

It also directed the registry of the court to issue a copy of the order to ASG S Suresh to take instructions.

The court posted the matter on December 16 for the public prosecutor (high court) for reporting on the sanctioning of prosecution.

Earlier, the same bench issued the order in compliance with the Supreme Court order, asking 25 states and union territories and the high courts to place before it, full and complete updated information about the status of cases pending against MPs and MLAs.

This followed after some states failed to furnish the details of pending cases and progress against legislators despite the several orders issued by the apex court.

First Published:Dec. 11, 2020, 11:06 p.m.

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