Human rights activist misses House summon

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IMPHAL, July 26 (NNN): Human rights activist Babloo Loitingbam did not showed up before the Committee on Privileges & Ethics of Manipur Legislative Assembly today.

However, a representative of local television Impact TV presented himself before the committee and expressed regret for telecasting such comment of the human rights activist.

Babloo has reportedly took a flight to New Delhi last evening from Imphal.

Babloo Loitongbam and a responsible person from local television channel Impact TV was summoned by the Committee on Privileges & Ethics of Manipur Legislative Assembly to present before it by 10 am on July 26.

Since chief editor of Impact TV Yumnam Rupachandra was out of station, his assistant presented himself before the committee.

Meanwhile, no reaction has come so far from the Committee on Privileges & Ethics of Manipur Legislative Assembly after Babloo’s failure to appear before it.

The summons were issued by the committee in connection with the alleged derogatory statements made by Babloo against the 60 MLAs during a programme on the local TV channel.

In a discussion programme “Manung Hutna” telecast by Impact TV channel, Babloo, who is the executive director of Human Rights Alert (HRA), dubbed all the 60 legislators as “mithibong mitambal” (nasty people) who do not want to implement Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Manipur.

The committee had held a meeting at its office here and had decided to serve the summons to Babloo and private channel Impact TV.

Manipur Assembly on Thursday had decided to serve breach of privilege notices to Babloo and Impact TV for allegedly insulting the legislators over the issue of ILP.

Moving the breach of privilege motion in the House, MLA I Ibohalbi from the opposition bench had said that Babloo Loitongbam’s disparaging remarks intended to hurt the dignity of all the 60 MLAs.

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