Imphal, Sept. 12
In a surprising incident four accused persons who were released on bail on 5th of July 2019 by the CJM Churachandpur were still in jail till date, a source with the Imphal Times said.
Five insurgents two UNLF and 3 PREPAK were arrested by Assam Rifles from Singhat Border Area on 2nd June 2019, and were later handed over to Singhat police station. The said arrested persons were sent to police custody for 13 days.
After the completion of the custodial remand, the accused were brought before the Chief Judicial Magistrate First Class, Churachandpur in charge Letkho Kipgen and thus further remanded into the judicial custody by the said court.
Out of the five arrested persons, four were handled by the Legal Aid Counsel (LAC).
The standing LAC applied for the bail on July 2, 2019 and the bail was heard on 5 July 2019.
Further the four accused were granted bail by furnishing a PR bond of Rs 60,000 each with a surety of the same amount and the surety was furnished by the two LAC standing counsel representing two accused each by a counsel.
The required bonds were accepted by the court on July 5, 2019 thereby released with a directive to appear the court on July 19, 2019.
But still the four accused which were granted bail are behind bars till now though released on bail.
According to reliable source another two counsel met the said judge and requested him to issue the release order but the judge refused by saying whether the two counsels have filed ‘Vakalatnama’.
And further asked to meet the said LAC who are the standing counsel of the four accused.
The said judge directed the two counsels to bring the families of the accused, the source added.
The source stressed that on further enquiry by the said two counsel, came to know from one of the staff of the said court that they were not released for not paying the amount demanded by the two LAC and added that there is a need to meet the said standing counsel.
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