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Manipur High Court summon T. Bimolchand for “Criminal Contempt”; Directs to appear at Court on November 15

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Imphal, Nov 8

Division Bench of the Manipur High Court comprising of Justice L.S. Jamir and Justice Kh. Nobin has taken up a suo motu criminal contempt case against Tongbram Bimolchand (35 years) son of T. Jugin Singh of Keirenphabi, Bishnupur District for his criticism against the integrity of the judgment passed by the same bench on October 18, 2019 in connection with the quashing of the MPSC main exam 2016.

T. Bimolchandra , is one of the selected candidates of the MPSC Examination , 2016. In a programme telecasted at IMPACT TV (a local Cable Network) on November 3, 2019 at 6 pm on a programme called Agenda Manipur, Bimolchandra had expressed his doubts on the judgment passed by stating that the two judges did not have the idea of under what article of the constitution of India the Manipur Public Service Commission (MPSC) was established.

In the hearing of the case the court observed that Bimolchandra, who is one of the panel of the Cable TV programme said that para 22 of the judgment dated 18 October 2019 in W.A. No. 19 of 2017 etc at No. 147, passed by the High Court of Manipur, it is written that MPSC was established in terms of the provision of the Article 320 of the Constitution of India, emphasizing the article 320 only , thereby stating that MPSC was established under the provision of Article 315 not under the provision of Article 320. The Court observed that Bimoclchand  had expressed his doubts on the Judgment passed by the judges . He also stated that the spelling of India was wrongly written as Inidia .

Bimolchandra further stated that vide order dated 20/11/2018  , Justice Nobin had constituted another Committee comprising of Jugindro and Kol but did not explain the particulars of the member .

The Court produced the judgment and stated that it was written Article 315 in the fifth line of the relevant document (original) he had stated. And regarding his criticism on the constitution of committee comprising of Jugindro and Kol, his allegation falls under the “Criminal Contempt “ as stipulated under Section 2 (C ) of the Contempt of Court Act , 1971.

“Criminal contempt” means the publication (Whether by words, spoken or written, or any signs or by visible representation or otherwise ) of any matter or doing of any other act what so ever which – (i) scandalizes or tends to scandalize , or lower or tends to lower the authority of , any Court; or (ii) prejudices , or interferes or tends to interfere with, the due course of any judicial proceeding; or (iii) interferences or tends to interfere with, or obstructs or tends to obstruct the administration of justice in any other manner .

The Division Bench later directed Bimolchand to personally appear before the court at 10.30 am sharp on November 15.  

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