MHRC urged to look into state political turmoil affecting state developmental programme

TMB Report

IMPHAL: Advocate Moirangthem Ajitkevin Singh has knocked the door of the Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) raising a complaint that the ongoing intra and inter political party turmoil have resulted in public representatives neglecting development programmes of the state amid the Covid-19 outbreak, basing his arguments on the recent editorials of Kangleipak-Ki Meira newspaper.

In a press meet the acting Chairperson of MHRC, Khaidem Mani said that the petition was filed after collecting views and opinions from the public and also inviting the political parties to present their recommendations and suggestions in order to do something responsive regarding the matter.

Hence, the complaint petition was registered on July 9, 2020 with the MHRC as a Pro Bono Complaint case number 94 of 2020 also constrained to refer to and on part IV (Directive Principle of state Policy) for the purpose of the present Pro Bono complaint petition.

While the proceeding of the commission has been adopted under the preamble of the Indian Constitution for sensitizing all concerned in this case and the general public, however it asked the respondents concerned, president and secretaries of all the political parties and units of the state, to submit their respective replies of opinions to this commission on or before July 30, 2020.

The Pro Bono complaint petition was filed under section 12(J) of the protection of Human Rights Act 1993 on the ground of alleged violation of human rights viz. Right to life and public health guaranteed by the article 21 with 47 of the Constitution of India.

In the complaint petition, the complainant has contended that a political party is state within the meaning of the article 12 of the Constitution of India because the political party has the sole purpose and aim to gain and exercise administration power through the electoral process conducted under the representation of the people act 1950 and 1951.

Further, the commission is of the view that the present complaint petition has prima facie appeared that the political parties and their elected representatives in the state have violated the aforesaid rights guaranteed by Article 21 read with Article 38 and 47 of the Indian constitution and fit for inquiry under section 12 (J) of the protection of Human Rights Act 1993.  

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