Public entry inside court rooms and premises to be restricted
In strong condemnation of the assault on a lawyer and vandalising of court property by a mob in Lamphel court complex, lawyers today took to the streets and staged a sit in protest in front of Cheirap Court Complex, Uripok.
On May 18, JAC formed in connection with the killing of Khunjamayum Arun, 40, of Bamon Kampu stormed the Lamphel Court complex near Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal East and vandalised the court room and court property of CJM, Imphal East and also assaulted advocate Haobijam Nabachandra.
The incident happened while the prime suspects in the murder, Arun’s wife Thoi alias Helen and Pradhan Rabi were produced before the court.
Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the protest today, president in charge, All Manipur Bar Association (AMBA), Khangembam Brajit said that such attacks on the judiciary which is regarded as the third pillar of democracy should be contested by all.
While stressing that the court has full responsibility for under trial accused persons, he asserted that no one, however powerful he may be, is above the law.
“The incident was very unfortunate. Advocate Haobijam Nabachandra was targeted for the wrong reasons and the court properties were also destroyed,” remarked Brajit.
The angry mob could have been controlled if there was adequate security, said the AMBA president pointing to the lapses on security measures on part of the Home department that day.
People should understand that Indian justice system takes time, he stated while appealing to the people to have faith in the judiciary.
Meanwhile, joint meetings of executive committees of High Court Bar Association of Manipur (HCBAM) and All Manipur Bar Association (AMBA) held at High Court and AMBA premises today also adopted six resolutions including taking up all possible preventive measures to prevent recurrence of such unwanted incidents.
The joint meeting resolved to request the law enforcing authorities to arrest the main instigators of the said mob within a period of five days and bring them to justice failing which the associations will take appropriate form of agitation.
It further resolved to restrict the entry of public inside the court rooms and court premises. As per the resolution, the entry of litigants and witnesses in the trial courts will be restricted to the minimum according to the daily cause list of the day. In the High Court, the entry should be through a certificate which is issued, signed and sealed by the concerned advocate with validity for one day only.
The meeting also resolved to urge the state government for providing additional security personnel to the trial courts and the High Court at the earliest preferably within a month.
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