The mother of the deceased in the infamous BT Road firing case of 2009 has appealed to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for a criminal appeal against the judgement which ended with the acquittal of all the accused. The judge said that the prosecution failed to prove the photographs published in the Tehelka news magazine.
The Session Judge, Imphal East, W Tonen Singh on July 26 stated that since the prosecution has totally failed to prove the photographs contained in the Tehelka magazine published on August 8, 2009 as genuine by not producing the required certificate provided under section 65B (4) of the Indian Evidence Act which is mandatory, all the accused are acquitted in the case.
Taratombi, the mother of deceased Sanjit, drew the attention on the judgment of the Session Judge, Imphal East wherein all nine personnel of Manipur Police Commando of the Khwairamband Bazaar killing of Th Rabina Devi and Ch Sanjit Meitei on July 23, 2009 were acquitted.
“It is beyond my imagination as to how such an important case of such public importance can be shot down on such hyper technical grounds. It may be noted that photographs of the sequence of events leading to the killing of Ch Sanjit have been published in Tehelka Magazine clearly showing the cold-blooded nature of the killing by taking him inside a Pharmacy. This fact has been established in the post mortem report of Ch Sanjit,” stated the appeal of Taratombi.
It also stated that, the main accused, Head Constable Th Herojit Singh, had publicly confessed the killing of Sanjit on the order of the higher authorities and the media had widely covered the confession and his affidavit was submitted even to the Supreme Court of India in the ongoing EEVFAM v/s Uol case.
Stating thus, she requested the CBI to appeal against the judgement to the High Court of Manipur at the earliest as per the relevant provision of law.
After about 14 years of the incident and trials before the court against accused, on July 26, 2023, the verdict acquitted all accused namely, Yumnam Munal Singh; Hijam Devendra Singh; Thounaojam Herojit Singh; Ngangom Toyaima Singh; Wahengbam Binoy Kumar Singh; Thokchom Jagat Singh; Imran Khan; Oinam Keshor Singh; Makan Kanchung Chothi.