Manipur: The hearing of fresh batch of pleas on the ongoing ethnic clashes began in the Supreme Court on Monday. On the last hearing, a bench led by CJI DY Chandrachud had slammed the police investigation as tardy. However, today Attorney General for India R Venkataramani appearing for the government clarified before the apex court that the government is handling the situation in Manipur at a very mature level.
District-level SITs to investigate clashes
AG R Venkataramani stated that there will be SITs comprising senior police officials for six violence-hit districts. "The SP-led SITs will look into ethnic clashes/offences and there will be SIT which will have a women-only police officers' team for crimes against women," he said.
"DIG and DGP will supervise these investigations, AG before court. AG tells Supreme Court that today the position is very tense and any externally directed investigation doesn't inspire confidence," he added.
All-women committee formed
The apex court also set up an all-women committee comprised of three former high court judges for the investigation, relief and remedial measures in connection the violence. Former chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Gita Mittal will head the committee.
Justice Shalini Joshi, a former judge of the Bombay High Court, and Justice Asha Menon, a former judge of the Delhi High Court will be part of the committee.
"Our efforts are to restore a sense of confidence in the rule of law," said a bench headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud.
FIRs to be transferred to CBI
The Supreme Court said that 16 FIRs, including those related to the violence against women, will be handed over the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
"So far as state investigation is concerned, there will be about 42 SITs which will look at cases not transferred to CBI," said the apex court.
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