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Mark T Haokip unlikely to walk free soon

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Special Judge (NIA) kept in abeyance until further order the operation of its bail order after the Manipur government filed an application praying for cancellation of the bail under section 439 (2) of CrPC

TFM Desk

In a swift development, a Special Judge (NIA), Imphal West on Wednesday kept in abeyance until further order the operation of its own order granting default bail to Mark T Haokip, who has been in jail for his alleged conspiracy for secession and waging war against the nation. The same court had on Tuesday granted default bail to Mark T Haokip as the chargesheet filed by the state government was found incomplete.

The order came after the Manipur government represented by joint secretary (home) Dr Th Charanjeet Singh filed an application praying for cancellation of the bail granted to Mark T Haokip on Wednesday under section 439 (2) of CrPC. The state government also prayed for setting aside or modifying the bail order and permission to take the accused to custody for further trial.

The counsel moving the application submitted that Tuesday’s bail order overruled the November 2, 2022 judgement and order of the High Court of Manipur.

After hearing the counsel and perusing the application, Special Judge (NIA) RK Memcha Devi observed that the court found some grounds to be considered. The court also found that the PR and surety bonds have not been furnished yet.

The court issued a notice to the Superintendent of Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa, returnable on or before April 3.

The court fixed the next hearing and for objection on April 3.

Mark Thangmang Haokip was arrested by a team of the Manipur Police from Kishangarh, New Delhi on May 24 last year after multiple FIRs were lodged against him for his alleged provocative social media posts. He was brought to Imphal on May 27.

The state government alleged that Mark Thangmang Haokip is the President of an outfit organisation called ‘Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Kukiland’ [PDRK] which is involved in a conspiracy for secession from India and to wage or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against the Government of India. He is also allegedly involved in spreading propaganda on social media platforms to create instability, communal hatred, animosity, inciting violence, false propaganda, etc. so as to achieve the organizational goal of Govt. of Kukiland.


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