Court grants bail to Sintha Laishram, says no evidence on charges slapped

Sintha was arrested for organising a protest meeting against the acquittal of Moreh Autonomous District Council (ADC) chairman Lhukhosei Zou who was apprehended with drugs worth several crores of rupees from his official residence in 2018.


The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Thoubal on Monday granted bail to Sintha Laishram who was arrested on charges of being an over-ground worker of an unlawful organisation, with a PR bond of Rs 1 lakh.

The investigating officer of the case produced Sintha Laishram before the court with a prayer for remanding him into judicial custody for a period of 15 days.

The counsel of the accused filed the application under section 437 CrPC, praying to release him on bail by objecting the judicial remand prayer.

The court upon examination of the materials stated that the accused was arrested on the allegation of being an overground worker of an unlawful organisation without any supporting evidence or documents.

The court observed that there were no material records in support of the allegations raised against the accused from the police statement. There are no materials to show that the accused has done any action to support the banned outfit, the court observed and accordingly, he was released on bail.

The court released him with the conditions that he should appear before the court as and when directed. He should appear before the Police station concerned, consecutively on every 2nd and 4th Sunday. He should not commit similar offence while on bail and should not hamper or tamper with prosecution evidence or witness. Also, he should not leave state without prior permission of the court, and should inform the court before leaving the state.

Sintha was arrested for organising a protest meeting against the acquittal of Moreh Autonomous District Council (ADC) chairman Lhukhosei Zou who was apprehended with drugs worth several crores of rupees from his official residence in 2018, stated Human Rights Alert (HRA) executive director Babloo Loitongbam in a complaint petition filed before the MHRC.

MHRC has directed the superintendent of police, Thoubal to submit a status report of the investigation in connection with the arrest of CADA general secretary Sintha Laishram on Wednesday.

MHRC also asked to submit a reply to the allegations made by Human Rights Alert (HRA) executive director Babloo Loitongbam on his complaint against the cops for arresting Sintha allegedly without a warrant of arrest. The reply should be submitted before the commission by April 12, MHRC stated.

 

First Published:April 12, 2021, 10:51 p.m.

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