A bench of Session Judge, M Manoj Singh today heard a petition submitted by Th Herojit to provide counsel for his defense by the Court on the ground that he is not able to engage a lawyer on his own expense.
During the hearing that was started today at 10.30 AM, the Judge of District and Sessions Judge, Imphal West requested N Ibochouba Singh, a criminal lawyer for assisting the Court being a defense counsel on behalf of the accused, Herojit. The Criminal lawyer accepted the request of the judge to be the Counsel for Herojit.
Following the former counsel of the accused, advocate S Lakhikanta has determined (withdrawn) from the case, Herojit, who is one of the main accused of the sensational alleged BT Road fake encounter case of July 23, 2009 prayed the Court to provide a counsel for his defense.
Hearing the petition filed by Herojit, the Session Judge also strictly instructed Herojit to provide all the relevant documents to the newly appointed counsel for his preparation on the case and avoid postponement of the next hearing, which is to be heard by the Court on March 5, 2016.
Speaking to a group of media persons outside the Court room, the newly appointed defense counsel, Ibochouba said that relevant documents have been requested from concerned persons and he is mentally prepared for the case.
Since the accused had confessed before a group of media, Ibochouba said that Herojit’s plead guilty is still an extra judicial case.
Herojit, who arrived at the Court flanked by human rights activists and Meira Paibi leaders, told media persons after the hearing that he is prepared to confess before the Court on March 5 hearing.