Justice Gita Mittal committee submits 3 reports before SC on Manipur Violence

Justice Gita Mittal committee submits 3 reports before SC on Manipur Violence

New Delhi, Mar 12 : The Court-appointed Committee headed by former High Court Judge Justice Gita Mittal submitted its findings in the form of Three Reports before the Supreme Court on Tuesday regarding the recent spurt of violence in Manipur.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud took the reports on record today and asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to provide some assistance on the same.

The three reports submitted by the committee are…First is a report highlighting the fact that several residents of Manipur have lost their documentation and need to be provided with the same, Second is on the Manipur victims’ compensation scheme, stating that same is to be brought in conformity with the NALSA scheme, and the third is a proposal of the committee for the appointment of domain experts to help in their work.

The committee consisting of former women High Court judges, Justice Gita Mittal, Justice Shalini Joshi and Justice Asha Menon, was formed on August 7, 2023, by the Supreme Court of India to look into diverse aspects of humanitarian nature such as rehabilitation, remedial measures, reliefs, rehabilitation, restoration of homes and religious places etc. in the violence-stricken Manipur.

A bench of CJI DY Chandrachud, Justice JB Pardiwala and Justice Manoj Misra had further appointed former IPS officer, Dattatray Padsalgikar, who has wide experience to oversee the investigation by CBI.

In July, the Supreme Court directed the Manipur state’s police to carry out a thorough investigation into the various incidents of violence that occurred throughout the state in the past two months.

The Top Court had further observed that the police have not been in charge of the situation for the last two months and no law and order has been maintained by them.

The Apex Court had also said that merely handing over the probe, to the CBI was not enough. “.we have to rebuild lives now. So what better way than having some objective assistance of a court trusted committee? Not just the state government. We have to instil confidence in the people now”, the court had observed.

The Union government in July had informed the Supreme Court that the “unfortunate and unacceptable” incident of sexual assault and violence on two women in violence-hit Manipur, has been transferred to the CBI.

It had also requested the apex court to transfer the trial in the case outside Manipur with a direction that the trial should be conducted in a time bound manner within six months after the filing of the chargesheet.

The matter will now be heard on Friday.


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