The Special Judge (NDPS) (FTC), Manipur on Thursday directed the DGP Manipur to ensure compliance of arrest warrant issued by courts and SP Imphal East against an accused after OC Porompat failed to execute it on six occasions.
The court further asked the DGP Manipur to avoid lapses on delay in execution of arrest warrant issued by the courts, specially in cases of non-bailable arrest warrant.
The court suggested issuing directives to all SPs to make periodical checks in all the police stations which fall within their respective jurisdiction to ensure that no arrest warrant issued by the courts are kept pending unreasonably, but are expeditiously executed.
The court had issued an arrest warrant against the accused, Leimapokpam Tomcha, 34, son of L Yaimachaoba of Wangkhei Ningthem Pukhri Mapal, Imphal East in April, June, July, August and September 2022, to be executed by OC Porompat for illegal possession of 97 kg of ganja on September 12, 2000.
The prosecution submitted the charge sheet before the court on March 29, 2014 for trial against the accused. But, the arrest warrant issued by the court was neither executed nor any report for non-execution returned.
The court reacted that the indifferent attitude of the OC Porompat in non-compliance with the judicial order has made the court doubt the sincerity and integrity of the concerned officer in carrying out his lawful duties or his responsibilities as per the law of the land.
“If such defiance is continued, this court will not hesitate to initiate criminal proceedings against the recalcitrant officer,” the court warned.
The court stated that it will be futile to direct again to the OC to execute the arrest warrant and directed the SP to execute it.