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Manipur High Court directs state government to make Manipur State Human Rights Commission functional within 10 days

First Published: 3rd January, 2023 10:41 IST

The Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kumar and Justice A Bimol Singh passed the orders on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking filling of vacancies in the Manipur State

The Manipur High Court has directed the N Biren Singh government to either appoint a Chairman on a regular basis or make an interim management inorder to make the State Human Rights Commission functional.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kumar and Justice A Bimol Singh passed the orders on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking filling of vacancies in the Manipur State Human Rights Commission.

Lenin Hijam, Advocate General, Manipur, stated that an additional affidavit has been filed, in terms of the earlier order, furnishing details of the advertisements issued by the State Government for the purpose of filling up vacancies in the Manipur State Human Rights Commission.

The High Court gave one last opportunity to the State Government to take measures to ensure that the Manipur State Human Rights Commission is made functional at least by the next date of hearing, be it by appointing a regular Chairman or by way of an interim arrangement.

“In the event the State Government fails to take steps in that regard, this Court would be left with no option but to entertain complaints regarding violation of human rights from aggrieved persons in the form of writ petitions and this Court would have to deal with the same in a timely manner. It would be for the State Government and the office of the learned Advocate General, Manipur, to ensure that necessary steps are taken to facilitate such timely disposal in all such cases,” the order read.

Matter is listed for January 13 for further hearing.

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