NIA court sends Samarjit to 13-day police remand

By FrontierManipur | Published On 31st Mar, 2021, 10:03 GMT+0530

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Narengbam Samarjit Singh

NIA was allowed to retain the articles seized from his possession at the time of his arrest for further investigation. The counsel for Samarjit filed a bail application.

TFM Desk

A special NIA court on Wednesday sent Narengbam Samarjit Singh, 47, to police custody for 13 till April 12, 2021. Further, NIA was allowed to retain the articles seized from his possession at the time of his arrest for further investigation.

Samarjit had declared separation of the State of Manipur from India, forming the de jure government Manipur government based in London in 2019. He declared himself as “External Affairs & Defense Minister” while one Yambem Biren was declared as “Chief Minister” of the de jure government.

Samarji was arrested at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, on Thursday morning after his arrival from London in an Air India flight on Wednesday.

He is produced before Special Judge (NIA), Manipur W Tonen Meitei  by Deepak Thapa, Inspector of Police, NIA, Imphal & AIO of the Case.

NIA prayed for allowing remanding the accused to 15 days police custody and to retain articles seized from the possession of the accused at the time of his arrest.

It is pertinent to mention herein that the accused was already in custody of the NIA for three days after being produced before the Duty Magistrate.

An FIR was registered at Lamphel police station Samarjit and Yambem Biren following with a report on local newspaper of Manipur on October 30, 2019 and other medium of social media, wherein the accused in a press conference held in London on October 29 announced for separation of the State of Manipur from India, forming Manipur State Council.

During the Course of investigation, it was revealed that Salai Group was indulging in Ponzi Scheme/Money Circulation Scheme and due to unsustainability of the scheme, Samarjit, who is the Chairman of Salai Group fled to London with the money of the depositors and announced the independence of Manipur, said the NIA. Further, it was also found that SMART Society, through its Micro Finance Division collected Money from people at the rate of 3 per cent interest without any legal sanctity, it added.

NIA further said that three vice chairmen of Salai Group of Companies, namely Elangbam Brojendro Singh, Narengbam Biswajit Singh and Akoijam Deepa Anand had utilized the illegally collected money of SMART Society in other Salai Companies and thus laundered the money in conspiracy with Samajit.

Three vice chairmen were arrested but later released on bail by NIA court on December 7, 2020.

After completion of investigation, the NIA submitted chargesheet against five accused persons, including Samajit. The special NIA court took cognizance under sections 120B, 420 IPC and Section 13 & 17 of the UA(P) Act. Further non-bailable warrant of arrest was issued against Samarjit and Yambem Biren.

In the meantime, Samarjit was detained by Bureau of immigration on March 25, 2021 at IGI Airport, New Delhi and he was arrested by NIA after preparing Arrest Memo. Further various articles were seized from his possession. Thereafter, Samarjit was produced before the Principal District & Sessions Judge, Special Court (NIA), Patiala House Court, New Delhi on the next day along with a prayer for Transit Remand of six days, which the Court granted till March 31, 2021.

As the special NIA court Manipur was on holiday on March 29-30, 2021, Samarjit was produced before the Duty Magistrate on March 29, 2021 along with a prayer for three days police custody prayer, which was allowed.

In the meantime, the counsel for Samarjit filed a bail application for his release. The court put up the application on the next date fixed for consideration.

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