Tuesday, July 18, 2017

'We'll Protect You,' Top Court Tells Parents Of Man Killed By Biren Singh's Son

The parents of a 19-year-old, who was killed in a road rage incident in 2011 by Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh's son, and their lawyer have been provided a security cover comprising CRPF personnel on the Supreme Court's directions.

The top court also transferred the case to Gauhati High Court today and said that "it will continue to monitor the case".

"We will take over the responsibility of providing security to them," the court had told the state government in the morning, which was providing protection to the family.

The victim, Irom Roger, was shot dead by Ajay Meetai, son of Manipur's current Chief Minister N Biren Singh, who was then a sports minister in Okram Ibobi Singh's Congress government. 

The incident had occurred when Roger had allegedly not allowed Ajay to overtake him in his SUV which irked the chief minister's son who fired at Roger. Ajay was sentenced to five years in jail, but Roger's parents want the sentence to be enhanced and have appealed against the jail term.

In May, Roger's parents had approached the Supreme Court asking for protection alleging that "the state police was working at the behest of the convict".

The court had then asked the Centre to consider providing security and observed that without any reason nobody has the courage to make allegations against the chief minister and his family. The Manipur government had said it will follow the order.

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