Road rage case: SC transfers appeal against Manipur CM's son to Gauhati High Court

18 Jul 2017

The Supreme Court today transferred the appeal challenging the conviction of Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh's son for lesser offence in a 2011 road rage case from Manipur to the Gauhati High Court.
The apex court also provided security cover of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to the parents of the victim, a social activist, and police security to an advocate who was representing the mother and father in the appeal after they claimed they had received death threats. A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that the security of the parents, social activist Bina Laxmi and advocate Utsav Bains was the responsiblity of the court looking at the "peculiar facts and sensitivity" of the case.
"Their security is now our responsiblity and this we will do keeping in view the peculiar facts and sensitivity of the case," a bench also comprising Justices L N Rao and Naveen Sinha. The bench directed the CRPF and the Chandigarh police to file compliance report within two weeks. Bains is a resident of Chandigarh. The parents of the victim Irom Roger, who was killed in the incident, had claimed that they and their lawyer fear for their lives in Manipur.
It was alleged during the hearing that no lawyer wanted to appear in the high court in Manipur to argue the appeal against the five-year jail term awarded to Ajay Meetai, the chief minister's son. Meetai has been awarded the jail term under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC for firing at Roger on March 20, 2011, and killing him. The incident had occurred after Roger had allegedly not allowed Meetai to overtake him in his SUV which had irked the chief minister's son.