SC lawyer fighting case against Manipur CM’s son gets threatening calls from state rebels

first_imgA Supreme Court lawyer, who was providing legal assistance to a family whose son was murdered allegedly by the son of Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, received threatening calls from militant groups of the state recently.Utsav Singh Bains, the SC lawyer, has written a letter to the Union Home Secretary to provide him with adequate security after the threat call.On March 22, at around 3.30 am in the morning Bains received a WhatsApp call from a number. “The person who spoke in broken English with a Manipur accent, said that he’s calling from PLA, Manipur and NSCIM and that I shouldn’t go ahead with the case of Irom Rogers, who was murdered by the son of the present Chief Minister N. Biren Singh. I couldn’t understand what was PLA or NSCIM during the call but later when I searched for both on google, I came to know that PLA is terror organization operating in the North East but couldn’t find clarity as to NSCIM. Later during the day (March 22), I informed Supritendent of Police (CID) Imphal, Manipur about the threatening calls.”The lawyer mentioned this in his letter to the Home secretary, dated May 5, 2017.After the threat call, Bains decided to not to go to Manipur and fight the case personally. He tried to engage and persuade other lawyers from Manipur High Court to fight it. “But unfortunately, over the last one month, every lawyer I and my colleagues at the Supreme Court contacted at the Manipur High Court refused to be engaged as a lawyer in this case as they feared for their lives,” Bains said.advertisementUtsav has again come back to Imphal to fight the case on his own inspite of the threats.On March 20, 2011, N Ajay Meetei had allegedly fired at Irom Roger, a student, then 21, in a fit of rage after the latter did not give his SUV space to overtake. The incident took place in the Ghari area of Imphal west. Roger had died while being taken to the hospital.N Biren Singh, who was then sports minister in the Congress government of Okram Ibobi Singh, had turned in his son and even offered to resign. Police had seized the car and a pistol with bullets from Ajay. Bowing to public pressure, the Manipur cabinet had handed over the case to CBI.A local court in Manipur had sentenced Biren singh’s son to five years of imprisonment. The session court found him guilty of “homicide not amounting to murder” (304 section ii). The victim’s family feel that with the chief minister’s influence, Ajay will get bail soon from the higher court, where they have appealed already.Utsav Bains, has come out in support of Irom Roger’s family and is giving them legal assistance in the case, which he thinks CBI has botched up by misleading the court, allowing Ajay not to be charged with murder case 302.Bains has not got any protection or additional security from the state police even after his appeal.But what is the relation between the CM’s son’s involvement in the murder case to the Manipur terror groups like People’s Liberation Army? “That you have to ask the Chief minister to get the answer,” Bains said.India Today tried to get in touch the Manipur chief minister for his take on the report, but he is yet to react.last_img read more