Manipur HC has directed release of journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem who was jailed under the National Security Act (NSA)

The order was passed by a bench of Chief Justice PV Sanjay Kumar and Justice KH Nobin Singh on a letter petition moved by wife of Kishorchandra Wangkhem.

Wangkhem’s wife Ranjita letter came a day after political activist Erendro Liechombam, who had been booked under the same charges, was released from jail following an order from the Supreme Court.

The letter-petition filed by Ranjita Elangbam, was addressed to the Chief Justice, and other judges of the Manipur High Court, stating that while both Erendro Leichombam and Kishorechandra Wangkhem were arrested on the same grounds under NSA, the Supreme Court has ordered the release of Leichombam, while Wangkhem continues to languish in jail.

Wangkhem had put up a Facebook post which read “Cow dung and cow urine did not work. Groundless argument. Tomorrow I will eat fish” after Manipur BJP chief, Saikhom Tikendra Singh died of Covid.

The High Court is also likely to consider plea for awarding compensation to Wangkhem.

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