Kishochandra Wangkhem back in judicial custodyIMPHAL | Nov 27
A day after his release by the court on bail, former staff of ISTV, Kishorchandra Wangkhem has been detained again at Sajiwa central jail today.
Under what circumstances Kishorchandra was detained could not be ascertained till the time of filing this report.
According to Kishorchandra’s wife, E. Ranjita, he was reportedly arrested from his residence by a team of police personnel in civvies in the afternoon.
Ranjita revealed police made a phone call to Kishorchandra today morning at around 9 am asking him to come to the Imphal police station for a chat.
“While my Husband along with my brother-in-law were preparing to visit the police station this afternoon, around six police in civvies came and took away my husband. The police team did not give any arrest memo or reason for arresting him,” she added.
Left with no choice, Ranjita and some of her family members reportedly followed the police cars which eventually head to the Imphal police station.
Ranjita alleged that her attempts to meet the competent officer to enquire about her husband’s arrest turned futile till late in the evening, when the officer in-charge of the station informed her that Kishorchandra is under ‘detention’ and that ‘he will be lodged in jail for some time’.
The OC further informed that the relevant documents pertaining to Kishorchandra’s arrest would be provided to the family later at night or the next day, added Ranjita.
“On what basis is my husband being arrested and lodged in jail when the court has ordered his release on bail after claiming the charges against him were not appropriate?”, questioned Ranjita.
On November 20, Kishorchand was arrested under section 124-A/294/500 IPC which include sedition, on charge of posting a video recording on social media in which he came out abusing the stance of the chief minister regarding a function organised with regard to Rani of Jhansi being a freedom fighter, for which Kishorchand had contradicted.
The video he had posted has also questioned the role of Rani of Jhansi being linked with the freedom movement of Manipur. He had also mentioned some invective words in his video update.
However, the court released him on bail yesterday after executing him PR bond of Rs.70,000 and producing one surety.
The court order mentioned that, “I find the said words, terms and gesture used by the accused and the context in which they are used and the comment made by the accused cannot be termed seditious to attract offence under section 124-A IPC.”
“It appears to be mere expression of opinion against the public conduct of public figure in a street language.”
“It does not appear to me to such which is intended to create enmity between different groups of people community, sections etc nor does it appear to be one which attempts to bring hatred, contempt, dissatisfaction against the government of India or of the state. It is mere expression of opinion against the Prime Minister and chief minister of Manipur which cannot be equated with an attack to invite people to violence against the government of India or Manipur to topple it,” added the order of the court.
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