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Manipur Violence: SC appoints officer to monitor CBI investigation

As regards the State police investigation, the Court noted the statement of the State that it will constitute 42 SITs looking at cases that have not been transferred to the CBI.

DELHI: 

Supreme Court, on August 7, announced that a slew of directions will be passed vis-à-vis Manipur violence cases to “restore a sense of faith in the rule of law and build a sense of confidence”.

Apart from the three-judge committee, to be constituted by the apex court, to look into “humanitarian” issues like relief, rehabilitation, etc. in the violence-hit Manipur, the Supreme Court also issued many directives in relation to investigations by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and state police.

Agency reports stated that the Court has allowed the transfer of 11 FIRs relating to sexual violence to the CBI, as directed by the Centre.

However, it will also include five officers from the rank of at least DySP if not SP drawn from other States “to ensure that there is a sense of faith and an overall feeling of objectivity”.

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These officers will also be functioning within the four corners of the infrastructure and administrative structure of CBI.

Further, the Court said that it will add “one more layer of security” by appointing one officer to oversee the CBI investigation, who will be reporting back to the Court.

Dattatray Padsalgikar IPS, former Maharashtra DGP, and Mumbai Police Commissioner, was identified by the Court as the overseeing officer.

As regards the State police investigation, the Court noted the statement of the State that it will constitute 42 SITs looking at cases that have not been transferred to the CBI.

For these SITs, the Court said that it will order to include at least one inspector from other State Police forces. Further, the State SITs will be supervised by six DIG rank officers who are from outside the Manipur.

 

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