Central government’s stance for Manipur is bogus: Joy

Imphal: While failing to depute a permanent Chief Justice for High Court of Manipur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government makes bogus claim that the government stands for Manipur, said veteran politician Okram Joy on Saturday.

Joy, during a press conference held at Manipur Press Club in Imphal, said it is the responsibility of the government to protect administrative justice, and law and order.

He said under Indian Constitution at least six judges of a high court should be engaged to complete the pending cases. However, the government is not able to depute proper judge for High Court of Manipur, which is one of the main reason of having pending cases.

It is the responsibility of the government to protect law and order under certain administrative justice. At present there is only one acting chief justice and two judges in the High Court of Manipur, he added.

“There are pending cases of 36 election petition case and 1,519 other cases as per record till June this year.”

High Court of Manipur was established after Manipur got merged in the Indian Union,

Joy said he had submitted a memorandum on August 17 to Union Minister of Law and Justice and Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India demanding to depute appropriate number of Chief Justice and judges for proper functioning of the court.

Responding to reporters, Joy said after the decision of Manipur Cabinet taken on August 4, a recommendation letter was submitted to the governor of Manipur to summon monsoon session on August 21. The process to convene the regular session is yet to be started.

The recent Assembly session of Manipur Legislative Assembly was convened on March 3 and as per procedure the next Assembly sitting has to be convened by September 2, Joy said.

He said there could be a Special session of Manipur Legislative Assembly as convening a regular session could be hard in this limited period of time.

People from various sections had demanded to convene a special and emergency Assembly session to take a decision on Manipur crisis. However, it went in vain.

Governor Anusuiya Uikey on July 28 assured Ima Keithel vendors to convene a special session in a week. The assurance was not fulfilled.

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