Compensation for a journalist: SC requests the response of the government of Manipur | Latest India News
The Supreme Court on Tuesday noted the “serious matter” of loss of liberty and called for the Manipur government’s response to a compensation claim for a journalist detained for more than two months under strict national security law (NSA) after a reprehensible post on Facebook. .
The investigation comes a day after the highest court cited the fundamental right to life and ordered the immediate release of Leichombam Erendro, saying “we cannot keep this person in detention for even a day”. Erendro – who was arrested in May this year after posting a message on Facebook criticizing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for their responses to Covid-19 – has been released from Sajiwa central prison in the district of Imphal Est Monday evening.
On Tuesday, the judiciary DY Chandrachud and MR Shah described the case as “serious” and noted that the journalist “has lost his freedom since May”. The court gave the state government two weeks to respond to the plea filed by the journalist’s father, L Raghumani Singh.
“This is a serious question. Someone has lost their freedom since May,” the court said.
Appearing for the petitioner, lawyer Shadan Farasat said compensation had been sought because five cases had been filed against Erendro by the state since 2018, and no indictment had been filed in any of the these cases.
“Liability has to be fixed,” Farasat said.
Attorney General Tushar Mehta, representing the government of Manipur, told the judiciary that the journalist was released from detention and the case under the 1980 National Security Act was quashed after the order. from court on Monday.
He said the state had not defended the journalist’s request for release and the case should end there. The petitioner should “take a pragmatic approach” in acknowledging that the relief has been granted, he added.
“It’s a gesture that the state showed immediately. The matter should end there. We will have to justify our order on the merits. This could have been avoided (by the petitioner) by taking a somewhat pragmatic approach, ”said the Solicitor General.
To this, the bench said it was the petitioner’s choice to seek redress in court. He gave the Manipur government two weeks to file a response and released the case for hearing on August 6.
The bench said: “We are issuing an opinion on the aspect of compensation and you (Mehta) can file a response on that aspect.”
Leichombam was booked by the NSA for its Facebook post on the death of retired professor S Tikendra Singh and head of Manipur BJP. “The cure for Corona is not cow dung and cow urine. The cure is science and common sense. Professor ji RIP,” Leichombam wrote. On May 13, Leichombam was arrested at his home following a complaint filed by Usham Deben Singh, vice-president of Manipur BJP.