Manipur violence: SC to set up 3-judge committee to look into ‘humanitarian’ issues

Hundreds of houses, churches, temples, and vehicles were either vandalised or set ablaze across Manipur. [Photo: Twitter/ Ashok Swain]

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said that it will constitute a three-judge committee to look into “humanitarian” issues like relief, rehabilitation, etc. in the violence-hit Manpur.

The committee will be headed by Justice Gita Mittal, former Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

Justice Shalini Joshi, retired judge of the Bombay High Court and Justice Asha Menon, former judge of the Delhi High Court will also form the part of the committee.

The move comes as the apex court resumed hearing pleas in relation to the Manipur violence that broke out on May 3.

The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud on Monday appointed former Jammu and Kashmir High Court Chief Justice Gita Mittal, Justice (retd) Shalini P Joshi, and Justice (retd) Asha Menon to head the committee that would oversee the investigation, rehabilitation and relief measures in violence stricken Manipur.

It had rapped the state police for a “tardy” and “lethargic” probe of incidents of ethnic violence, especially those targeting women, had summoned the DGP to answer its queries on August 7.

The GoI had urged the bench that instead of the two FIRs related to a video showing women being paraded naked by a mob, 11 out of 6,523 FIRs linked to violence against women and children may be transferred to the CBI and tried out of Manipur.

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