Manipur High Court directs state to create exclusive courts to try cases against legislatures

Imphal: The High Court of Manipur has directed the state government to create two exclusive special courts in Imphal to conduct trials of cases against former and sitting MPs and MLAs.

The exclusive courts are to be known as Special Court (MP/MLA), Manipur.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice A. Bimol issued the order in compliance with the Supreme Court order asking 25 states and union territories and the high courts to place before it full and complete updated information about the status of cases pending against MPs and MLAs.

The high court had issued directions, suggestion and guidelines to be followed in relation to cases registered against the sitting and former MPs and MLAs, and the cases should be investigated without delay.

It asked the state and respondents to examine the Supreme Court’s orders of September 10 and 16, 2020.

For the special courts, the state government was asked to create one post each MJS Grade-I and MJS Grade-II among others.

Till the two special courts are created, the state has been directed to designate the courts of additional District and Sessions Judge (FTC), Manipur West and Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal East as Special Courts No.1 & No.2, Manipur.

To assist the courts for effective monitoring the high court pointed Y. Nirmolchand Singh as Amicus Curiae.

Separate directives were issued to the chief secretary, law secretary, and director general of police, director of prosecution, director of FSL, and director of special agencies.

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