May 17, 2017
The All Manipur Bar Association (AMBA) has clarified that none of the lawyers practising under it in the state have been approached to appear on behalf of road rage victim, the late Irom Roger, by Supreme Court lawyer Utsav Singh Bains or the victim’s family.
Roger was allegedly shot dead by Nongthombam Ajay Meetei, son of chief minister N Biren Singh, in a road rage incident in the city in March 2011. Following a trial, a city court on January 20 this year sentenced Ajay to five years imprisonment and currently he is in jail.
Bains had alleged that he received threatening calls from militants asking him not to go ahead with the case. He claimed that lawyers at Manipur High court, when contacted, refused to appear on behalf of Roger’s family as they feared for their lives.