Guilty will not be spared : CM
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, March 01: Asserting that the Government will not spare the guilty, Chief Minister O Ibobi today assured the Assembly that if the Magisterial Inquiry nails any of the police commandos in the torture and sexual abuse of M Naobi then due action, such as dismissal from service and imprisonment will be taken up in consultation with the Law Department.

Replying to a Short Duration Discussion motion moved by the Opposition on the issue, the Chief Minister said that the truth cannot be hidden from the Magisterial Inquiry.

The Government will not shield any of the guilty police commandos and fitting action will be taken up to ring out the message that no one is above the law, assured Ibobi who also holds the Home portfolio.

Referring to the preliminary report submitted by the Police Department, the Chief Minister said that an arrest memo was issued when M Naobi Chanu was picked up from the residence of Th Bikash at Khangabok Part III.

The arrest memo was given to one woman identified as Laishram Mema (30) wife of L Shamo of Khangabok Makha Leikai, said the Chief Minister and added that Mema is a member of Khangabok Gram Panchayat.

On the stand of the Opposition that the Magisterial Inquiry will not serve any purpose, the Chief Minister explained that the Government is not against any suggestion to either constitute a Judicial Inquiry into the matter or to hand over the case to the CBI to achieve natural justice.

The Magisterial Inquiry was ordered as it would mean a speedier disposal of the case, said the Chief Minister and added that handing over the case to the CBI will take time and constituting a Judicial Inquiry will also take time as certain procedures have to be worked out first.

Once the fact finding report of the Magisterial Inquiry is submitted then the Government will consult the Law Department as to whether the guilty can be imprisoned or dismissed from service.

Witnesses can give their account to the Magisterial Inquiry within March 8, informed the Chief Minister and added that the hearing of the inquiry will start from March 9.