Supreme Court orders release of activist detained after cow dung post

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the immediate release of political activist Erendro Leichombam of Manipur about his remarks allegedly directed at the verdict BJP for unscientific methods of handling Covid such as using cow dung and urine. The court argued that his right to life and fundamental freedoms would be eroded by continued detention.

“We cannot allow detention for even one day,” observed a bench led by Justice DY Chancrachud, ordering his release. In doing so, the bench rejected Solicitor General Tushar Mehta’s pleas for more time to deal with Leichombam’s father’s petition challenging his detention.

“We cannot keep him. We will approve his release today (Monday),” Justice Chandrachud said. Bench then posted the case for a further hearing on Tuesday. “In the meantime, having reviewed the content of the petition by the first instance, we believe that the continued detention of the petitioner before this court would violate the right to life and personal freedom under Article 21 of Constitution” .

“Accordingly, we direct that the petitioner be released under the interim order of this court unless he is required to be detained in any other circumstances under the subsequent order, subject to dependent on him filing a personal release bond in the amount of Rs 1,000,” the court said.

The court directed Manipur’s permanent lawyer Ramesh Kumar Pukhrambam to convey the order to the state. The court (judicial) registry was asked to send a copy of the order to the authorities in Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa. The activist was arrested and later released on bail. But then he was slapped with harsh ones NSA. Leichombam made a negative comment about Facebook about the BJP’s habit of applying unscientific ways to treat Covid while mourning the death of S state BJP leader Tikendra Singh. | Supreme Court orders release of activist detained after cow dung post


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