Chief Justice of India (CJI) D.Y. Chandrachud on August 7 announced in open court that the Supreme Court will appoint an all-women committee of three former High Court judges of Justices Gita Mittal, Shalini Phansalkar Joshi and Asha Menon to monitor relief work, rehabilitation, compensation and healing of violence-hit Manipur. Justice Mittal will be heading the committee.
Justice Mittal is a former Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. Justice Joshi is a former Bombay High Court judge. Justice Menon is a retired Delhi High Court judge.
The top court also indicated that it will add ‘one more layer of security’ by appointing one officer to oversee the investigation, who will be reporting back to the Court. Mr.Dattatray Padsalgikar IPS, former Maharashtra DGP, and Mumbai Police Commissioner, was appointed as the overseeing officer.
Both the judicial committee and Mr. Dattatray Padsalgikar have been instructed to submit separate reports before the top court.
As many as 6,523 FIRs have been registered from May to July in Manipur. Manipur Government said it will constitute 42 SITs to investigate the cases.
The Centre apprised the court that it has decided to entrust 11 FIRs relating to sexual violence to the CBI. Observing that it does not want to ‘supplant the CBI’, the court said that it will also include 5 officers from the rank of at least Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) from other States to ensure that there is a sense of faith and an overall feeling of objectivity in the investigation.
The court said that it will direct DGPs from six other States to name six DIG rank officers to monitor the work of six SITs each.
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