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Archive for February, 2013

CSCHR in the media

The concerns raised by the CSCHR and conveyed to the Supreme Court appointed Inquiry Commission on fake encounter killings in Manipur have been widely carried in the media.

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http://www.thesangaiexpress.com/tseitm-23978-sc-probe-into-fake-encounter-cases-clarity-in-probe-notice-extension-urged/

http://thepeopleschronicle.in/?p=12018

http://www.ifp.co.in/nws-12599-cschr-raises-objections-to-public-notice-on-extra-judicial-inquiry-commission/

http://www.hueiyenlanpao.com/headlines/item/7938-extrajudicial-killingsobjection-raised-to-mode-of-inquiry

http://www.poknapham.in/current/Page_14.pdf

 


CSCHR MEETS THE PRESS ON EXTRA-JUDICIAL EXECUTIONS IN MANIPUR

CSCHR held a press conference today (21 February 2013) at the Manipur Press Club in Imphal and expressed its concerns regarding the mode and style of functioning of the independent Inquiry Commission appointed by the Supreme Court of India on 4 January 2013. A Memorandum was submitted to the Commission and the Chief Justice of India, Justice Altamas Kabir on 18 February 2013. The issues of concern included :

1. An undated Public Notice published in one local vernacular daily newspaper and one English language daily newspaper only on 9 February 2013 inviting sworn affidavits in English, with three extra copies, to be submitted to its office established at the Manipur Bhavan in New Delhi within 10 days of its publication is deficient and objectionable, and having no precedence in the history of Inquiry Commissions in Manipur.

2. The undated Public Notice gives no contact details of this office except a postal address. No office is set up in Manipur where the terms of this Commission are to be met, its business conducted and where the alleged extra-judicial executions took place. With no office established yet in Manipur, what are the plans and schedules of the Commission in this State and where will the aggrieved families, witnesses and other interested parties meet the Commission when it visits Imphal on 1 March 2013 as reported?

3. Despite the Supreme Court’s directive, the Central and Manipur governments have not extended diligent necessary manpower and secretarial assistance to the Inquiry Commission after more than a month of its establishment.

4. The full Terms of Reference of this Inquiry Commission has not been made known to the public.

5. There are no mechanisms established for witness protection or safety. No confidentiality procedures have been established.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO READ THE PRESS RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE_CSCHR 21feb2013_final


CSCHR submits Memorandum to Supreme Court appointed Commission

CSCHR, on 18 February 2013, submitted a memorandum to the Commission of Inquiry appointed by the Supreme Court of India on 4 January 2013, with a copy to the Chief Justice of India, Mr Altamas Kabir raising serious issues regarding the modus operandi of the Commission. The Commission was established under a directive on 4 January 2013 (WP [Crl] No.1/2009 and WP [C] No. 445 of 2012) following the recent petition filed by Extrajudicial Execution Victims’ Families’ Association (EEVFAM), a constituent member of CSCHR, which pleaded for an independent probe into more than 1500 cases of extra-judicial killings in Manipur. The three-member Inquiry Commission headed by Retired Supreme Court Justice N Santosh Hegde is to conduct an independent probe into 6 different cases of extra-judicial killings in the state of Manipur, is reported to be coming to Imphal on 1 March 2013. During the visit, N Santosh Hegde would be accompanied by the two other members of the Inquiry Commission namely former Chief Election Commissioner J.M. Lyngdoh and Retired DGP of Karnataka Police Ajay Kumar Singh.

CSCHR raises serious concerns on several counts:

1. The Public Notice inviting sworn affidavits in English, with three extra copies, to be submitted to its office established at New Delhi within 10 days of its publication on 9 February 2013, is totally inadequate and unacceptable, and having no precedence.

2. The Public Notice gives no contact details of this office except a postal address.

3. No office is set up in Manipur where the terms of this Commission are to be met, its business conducted and where the extra-judicial executions took place.

4. The full Terms of Reference of this Inquiry Commission has not been made known to the public.

5. There are no mechanisms established for witness protection or safety. No confidentiality procedures have been established.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO READ THE MEMORANDUM

CSCHR Memorandum to SC Appointed Commission_18feb2013