Does Manipur drug war hang in the balance?

Does Manipur drug war hang in the balance?

IMPHAL | JULY 24, 2020:

The Manipur Court has ordered a lady police officer to refrain from making any "unsubstantiated and ex-facie defamatory" statement against Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, whom she had accused of pressuring her to release an alleged drug dealer.

In an order, Y Somorjit Singh, Civil Judge, Senior Division, had directed Thaounaojam Brinda, a Manipur Police Service officer, and 10 other defendants, including some newspapers, to desist from making "orally, reporting or republishing" imputations and allegations made in an article published on July 14.

The court was hearing a petition by Singh seeking an order restraining the officer from making "defamatory" statements against him and blocking content related to the allegation in media.

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The newspapers had published an article based on an affidavit filed by Brinda where she had claimed the chief minister had pressured her to release the alleged kingpin of a drug racket Lukhosei Zou.

The officer had also allegedly made some uncharitable remarks against the judiciary following which the special judge of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) court had approached the Manipur High Court for contempt action against her.

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