MHRC direction on ongoing impasse between NAB, judiciary

MHRC asked three respondents to take appropriate steps for the prevention of the ongoing impasse between NAB and subordinate judiciary

The Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) on Friday directed chief secretary, DGP and director of prosecution, Manipur not to make any circulation of the impasse between NAB and subordinate judiciary through social media for prevention of likely mob justice and trial by media, for ends of justice.

MHRC further asked three respondents to take appropriate steps for the prevention of the ongoing impasse between NAB and subordinate judiciary according to the law as the impasse is directly “invading human rights and fundamental freedoms”.

MHRC has directed the respondents through a complaint case filed by advocate Moirangthem Ajitkevin after the grant of interim bail to former Chandel ADC chairman Lhukhosei Zou.

The complaint stated that the ongoing impasse between NAB and subordinate judiciary which is being published and circulated in almost all local daily newspapers and other social media, is “dangerously degrading and undermining the rule of law and most likely to encourage mob justice thereby seriously violating human right-right to fair trial or judicial process guaranteed by Article 21 read with Article 14 of the Indian Constitution and relevant provision of law”.

MHRC has asked the concerned respondents to submit report of action taken on June 12 for further proceeding.

First Published:May 29, 2020, 11:53 p.m.