NIA files charge sheet against Samarjit, Biren in ‘Manipur government-in-exile’ case

The case pertains to the declaration of independence of Manipur from the Union of India and formation of Manipur State Council at London on October 29, 2019.


Narengbam Samarjit Singh (PHOTO: Facebook)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday filed a charge sheet against five persons in its probe related to formation of a self-styled organisation which declared Manipur’s independence from India and collected funds for its illegal activities

The NIA filed a charge sheet against Yamben Biren and Narengbam Samarjit Singh and their associates Narengbam Biswajit Singh, Elangbam Brojendro Singh and Akoijam Deepa Anand under the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. 

The case pertains to the declaration of independence of Manipur from the Union of India and formation of Manipur State Council at London on October 29, 2019, by the self-styled external affairs and defence minister of so-called Manipur State Council, Narengbam Samarjit Singh and self-styled chief minister of Manipur State Council Yambem Biren.

Investigations revealed that Narengbam Samarjit Singh was the chairman and managing director of Salai Group of Companies and SMART Society. He along with his associates Elangbam Brojendro Singh and Akoijam Deepa Anand are alleged of illegally collecting huge amounts of money and cheating the public by taking deposits from the public by offering 36 per cent annual returns on the deposits made to the Salai Group of Companies/SMART Society without any legal authority.

These illegal funds were allegedly laundered by Narengbam Samarjit Singh and his associates through various companies of the Salai Group of Companies/SMART Society.

The illegitimate funds were further utilised for unlawful activities like the declaration of independence of Manipur from the Union of India and the formation of Manipur State Council in London and also for funding the “Army” of the Manipur State Council.

First Published:March 24, 2021, 2:26 p.m.

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