IMPHAL, August 25: The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) has submitted a counter affidavit before the division bench of High Court of Manipur, in connection with a PIL regarding the erection of churches within its compound.
On the other hand, both the State of Manipur and the Union of India, both respondents of the PIL have failed yet again to submit their counter affidavits, and instead pleaded for more time, which has been granted by the court.
RIMS submitted the affidavit before a division bench comprising of Chief Justice Laxmikant Mohapatra and justice N Kotishwar, today.
Advocate Nirmolchand appeared before the court on behalf of RIMS while public prosecutor cum government advocate RS Reishang represented the State of Manipur and advocate Rupachandra represented the Union of India.
The Lamphel Rongmei Baptist Church (LRBC) represented by Namga Gangmei, pastor, RIMS complex, Lamphel, Imphal and the Lamphel Baptist Church (LBC) represented by K Jenishing, Pastor RIMS complex, Lamphelpat, Imphal, had submitted their affidavits recently.
Th Manihar Singh represented the case on behalf of the petitioner.
It may be recalled that the PIL was filed before the High Court of Manipur against illegal encroachment inside the RIMS complex referring to a Supreme Court’s ruling against erection of religious structure on educational institutes owned by the government.