Monday, February 6, 2023

MPCC chief reacts to CM Biren’s FIR threat


Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president K Meghachandra Singh on Sunday strongly reacted to chief minister N Biren Singh’s recent threat to lodge a FIR against him for allegedly hampering the investigation into the arrest of five police commandos with a huge consignment of drugs.
On January 16, five personnel of the state police commando were arrested following recovery of a large quantity of narcotic drugs – 1.336 kg of heroin (No. 4) powder and 9.151 kg of WY tablets – from the vehicle they were travelling.
Chief minister N Biren Singh, on January 20, said that a FIR would be lodged against the MPCC president alleging that he had hampered the investigation into the drug haul case by threatening the Kakching SP.
Addressing reporters in Imphal’s Congress Bhavan, the MPCC chief said he visited the district headquarters on hearing the news while on a tour in Thoubal district.
“I along with some Congress members, paid the visit only to extend support to the government’s war on drugs and to appreciate the SP for the successful operation,” he said.
“We did discuss the drug menace and on the need for a thorough investigation into the drug related cases. I suggested the SP for a fair and flawless investigation so as not to let the culprit(s) scot-free,” he added.
Meghachandra claimed that he or his team did not organize a press briefing inside that SP office complex on that day.
The media persons who were already there to cover the drug haul incident approached him for a comment on seeing him there, he said.
“On their (media persons) insistence that I share my comment on the drug haul case,” he added.
“Lodging FIR against an MLA for rendering his service amount to breach of privilege. It is a breach of privilege of a people’s representative in a democratic country like India,” he said.
Not only in democratic India but also in the commonwealth countries, legislators or parliamentarians enjoy the power, privilege and immunities under their respective provision of their respective constitutions to visit any government office, he said.

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