Amid the continued uproar by the Opposition in the ongoing Parliament Monsson Session, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Manipur violence matter on Tuesday (August 1) at 2 PM. According to the information received, the court has asked the Centre and the Manipur government to provide details of the FIRs registered on the matter.
Speaking on the matter CJI DY Chandrachud said that this is not a situation like Nirbhaya which was one rape committed - that was also horrific but it was isolated. "Here we are dealing with systemic violence which IPC recognises as a separate offence. So to restore a sense of faith in the administration, a court-appointed team has its own message to send that the highest appointed court is deeply concerned- it will send officers with no political alignment," he added.
SC enquires about relief package being provided by Centre
Further, Supreme Court also asked the Centre what package the government of India is providing to Manipur for rebuilding homes. The counsel appearing for the Meitei community contended that there is not only one video that went viral, but there are many such videos where people were executed in public view.
CJI Chandrachud told the Meitei community's counsel that he not only read the case papers but also saw the which recently went viral. "That video was the point of national outrage and that is why we took note of the case," the CJI added.
SC questions delay in filing FIR
Meanwhile, the apex court also questioned the Manipur government about the delay in filing FIR in the viral video case, in which two women were paraded naked and subjected to sexual violence by a mob. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud asked the government why the police took 14 days to register the zero FIR.
“Why was the FIR registered on May 18 when the incident happened on May 4? What were the police doing from May 4 to 18? The incident came to light that women are being paraded naked and at least two were raped. What was the police doing?” asked the bench.