The Supreme Court has given time till August for the disposal of pending issues regarding the issuance of prosecution sanction in connection with the alleged fake encounter cases.
Last October, the Supreme Court had stated that the Manipur High Court is to dispose of the pending issue of the prosecution sanction as early as possible, preferably within six months.
The Supreme Court on May 15 granted time extension request of registrar general of the High Court of Manipur for another three months for disposal of certain pending cases, till August 31, 2023.
The former chief justice UU Lalit and justice Bela M Trivedi on October 20, 2022 told the Manipur High Court to dispose of the pending issue of sanction as early as possible and preferably within six months from October.
Meanwhile, on April 28, 2023, registrar general of the HC sent a letter to the SC, praying for another three-month time for disposal of certain cases pending before the HC. After considering the letter, the apex court allowed time extension.
It may be recalled that on behest of the SC, the SIT/CBI registered 39 FIRs. On completion of the investigation, as many as 37 Final Reports (FR) have been submitted to the relevant judicial magistrates.
In cases where the alleged perpetrators identified are personnel of the armed forces of the union, the Union home ministry has denied prosecution under section 6 of the Armed Forces Special Power Act in each and every case.
It has prompted the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West to refer the matter to the Manipur High Court on February 2021.