IMPHAL, March 22 � Opposition Manipur People�s Party (MPP) has reiterated that an �impartial inquiry� be conducted by a sitting judge of the Gauhati High Court or the case be handed over to CBI to find out the facts leading to the bullet injury to Advocate General N Kotiswar Singh.
Kotiswar was hit by a bullet from a Minister�s licensed gun while he was returning with Works Minister K Ranjit and Tribal Development Minister DD Thasii after attending a festival at Hungpung village in Ukhrul district on March 6. He is now undergoing treatment at AIIMS, New Delhi.
In a memorandum submitted to Governor today, MPP President Dr Nimaichand Luwang said �an impartial inquiry be conducted by a sitting judge of the High Court or the case be handed over to CBI to find the culprit so that such ugly scenes do not occur again in the State�. MPP, which has four MLAs in the 60 member State Assembly, had submitted a memorandum to the Governor on the issue on March 20.
Dr Luwang also urged the Governor Gurbachan Jagat to grant sanction for prosecution of the Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and two Ministers involved in the incident. The Chief Minister was indirectly involved in the incident as he had reportedly told the media that no enquiry was needed, Dr Luwang alleged.
Police officials are unable to make any investigation against the Ministers even after they registered a case recently, he claimed. �The involved Ministers should resign on moral ground�, he said while briefing reporters at the party office here after meeting the Governor. To set an example, they should not hold any official position till they are proved innocent, he added.
The MPP chief claimed that Jagat assured that he will look into the matter. The High Court Bar Association Manipur and All Manipur Bar Association have also demanded an inquiry into the incident and jointly staged a sit in demonstration followed by a protest rally here.