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SC orders immediate release of Manipur activist Erendro Leichombam booked under NSA


The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the immediate release of Erendro Leichombam, a Manipur-based activist who was arrested under the National Securities Act (NSA) for a controversial Facebook post. Notably, the 40-year-old activist had said that cow dung and cow urine do not cure COVID.

The activist, along with a local journalist, was arrested on May 13 after the state BJP vice-president Usham Deban and secretary P Premananda Meetei lodged an FIR against the duo.

While Solicitor General Tushar Mehta sought time and wanted the case to be adjourned till tomorrow, the judges ordered his immediate release.

Acting on a plea filed by Erendro’s father, a division bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah said, “We are of the view that the continued detention of the petitioner would amount to a violation of the right to life and personal liberty under Article 21. We direct him to be released today by 5 pm with a personal bond of Rs 1,000.”

Charged with sedition

Last year in June, Erendro was charged with sedition by the state police over another Facebook post that had the photo of Rajya Sabha MP Sanajaoba Leishemba with Union home minister Amit Shah. The photo, captioned “minai macha”, showed Manipur’s titular king bowing with folded hands before the senior BJP leader.

Minai macha in Meitei, Manipur’s native language, means “son of a servant”. Erendro was later released on bail in this case.

The Supreme Court had last week questioned if the sedition law was “still necessary after 75 years of Independence”. The law is a serious threat to the functioning of institutions and holds “enormous power” for misuse with no accountability for the executive, the court had said, comparing it to a saw in the hands of an overzealous carpenter.


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