High Court orders to release Kishorechandra

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 8, 2019: The High Court of Manipur has today directed to release ‘journalist’ Kishorechandra Wangkhem who was arrested under National Security Act (NSA).

He was arrested in November 20 last year for posting a video on his facebook wall which allegedly questioned the stance of chief minister N. Biren Singh regarding a function held in Imphal.

The court of the chief judicial magistrate released him on November 26 stating “the words, terms and gesture used by the accused in the video cannot be termed as seditious. It is a mere expression of opinion against the public conduct of a public figure in street language”.

However, he was picked up from his residence on November 27 by police and detained under the NSA. He has been detained at Sajiwa jail.

The Court order said the detention order passed by the district magistrate, Imphal West on November 27 last year along with consequential orders are set aside and squashed.

It said the non furnishing of the pictures with captions alleged to have been posted on Kishorechandra facebook wall and the compact disc containing four clips by the respondent (government) has prevented the petitioner from making an effective representation thereby vitiating the detention order.

S. Chitaranjan, the petitioner’s counsel said. “We hope Kishorchandra will be released in 2-3 days.” He said process to pass the court’s order will take time.

A special bench of the court on March 4 reserved the judgment on Wangkhem’s petition challenging his detention. The bench of Justices Kh. Nobin Singh and Lanusungkum Jamir, heard the submission made by counsels on both sides but reserved its order following the failure of the respondents to submit a compact disc to the petitioner.

Wangkhem filed his petition through his counsel Ch. Victor on December 19 last year pleading the court to quash the detention, approval and confirmation orders.

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