Tehelka journo granted Guwahati appearance in July 23 case hearing

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IMPHAL, August 1: Star witness in the sensational July 23 Khwairamband Keithel fake encounter case, Teresa Rehman of the “Tehelka Magazine” has been granted permission to appear at a designated court of the CBI based in Guwahati instead of Imphal.

The district and session Judge Manipur East had sent a summon to Teresa Rehman to physically appear before the court and give her statement on the case.

Rehman had filed a report on the July 23 incident along with combo pictures for Tehelka magazine.

In her response to the summon, she submitted a plea requesting permission from the concerned court to allow her to make her physical appearance and give statement in Guwahati instead of at Imphal citing security problems.

Even as the district and session Judge Manipur, granted the permission the date of appearance will be fixed according to the convenience of the court.

Meanwhile, the proceeding for recording statement and cross examination of prosecution witness (no 58) additional SP Thoubal district police S Ibomcha Singh was deferred today following a plea, seeking more time citing non completion of preparation for exhibit to be submitted before the court.

In his last appearance Ibomcha had submitted a five page long statement and due to the lengthy nature of his narration and statement, the court had directed for continuation of his cross-examination today.

At the time of the incident, Ibomcha was the sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) of Imphal and the IO of the case.

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