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Don’t use Supreme Court to escalate violence in Manipur, we don’t run state: CJI

Supreme Court noted that the platform of the Apex Court should not be used to escalate further violence in Manipur after hearing the cases pertaining to Manipur violence on Monday. The Supreme Court said, “We can only monitor the steps being taken by the state and pass certain orders if there are additional measures that can be taken. But we can’t run the security apparatus,” remarking on the Manipur violence PILs. The Manipur government presented the latest status report on the situation while the hearing on the same in the Supreme Court will resume on Tuesday.

Tushar Mehta, the Solicitor General said the subject may be taken up by pleaders with utmost sensitivity as any misinformation can worsen the situation. As senior advocate Colin Gonsalves appearing for the petitioners said there has been a profound escalation in the Manipur situation. 

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DY Chandrachud, the Chief Justice of India said, “Come here with a concrete suggestion.”

“Your skepticism cannot lead us to take over the law and order,” he said to Gonsalves. “We don’t want this proceeding to be used as a platform for further escalation of violence & other problems which exist in the State. We do not run the security apparatus or law and order. If you have suggestions we can take them,” said the CJI as Gonsalves argued that the narrative is against the tribals in Manipur. 

“Let’s not see this as a partisan matter, it’s a humanitarian issue,” the CJI added. “We understand your feelings but there should be certain modalities of arguing before this Court,” said DY Chadrachud.

The situation in Manipur has been tense for the past two months owing to the clash between ethnic groups. One policeman was killed on Monday and 10 others were injured in an overnight clash in Manipur’s Wesr Kangpokpi area.

The restive period started on May 3 when a march was organized against the Scheduled Tribe demand of the Meitei community.

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