Sharmila asked to submit counter affidavit in criminal revision petition

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IMPHAL, September 3: The High Court of Manipur has today issued a notice to Irom Chanu Sharmila to submit a counter affidavit in connection with a criminal revision petition filed by the State government against her.

The government of Manipur had filed a criminal revision petition (Cril Revision Petition No.17 of 2014) before the High Court of Manipur, pleading to review the judgement of District and Session Court Manipur East freeing Sharmila on August 19.

Subsequently, the case was heard today by a single bench of Justice N Kotiswar Singh, under the cause list No. 8.

Meanwhile, the court also served notice to the respondent to submit records relating to her arrest.

Public prosecutor RS Reisang appeared on behalf of the petitioner while advocate Khaidem Mani appeared on behalf of the respondent.

After spending nearly 14 years under judicial custody on charges of attempting suicide, Sharmila who had been fasting demanding the repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act was freed on August 20 following a judgment of the District and Session Court Manipur East on August 19.

The session judge had pronounced in his judgement that Sharmila was not contemplating suicide but rather carrying out a form of democratic protest.

Following the judgement Sharmila was freed for approximately 40 hours before being re-arrested under the same section 309 of IPC.

Many had continued to condemn her re-arrest and the manner the police had arrested her from the temporary shed of the Sharmila Kanba Lup, Porompat on August 22.

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