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Kishorchandra files petition before HC challenging his detention under NSA

IMPHAL: ISTV former staff, Kishorchandra Wangkhem filed a petition today before the High Court of Manipur challenging his detention order under National Security Act.
The petition is also a habeas corpus writ. Kishorchandra’s lawyer Ch. Victor also prayed the court to quash the detention order, approval order and confirmation order saying that none of the ground furnished to the petitioner covers the expression of “prejudicial to the security of the state and to the maintenance of public order.”
It also mentioned that, “The grounds of detention are vague and the allegations made therein did not lend apprehension for acting in any manner prejudicial to the security of the state and to the maintenance of public order. Those so called grounds merely relates to freedom of speech and expression at best.”
Kishochandra was arrested on November 20 for posting a video recording abusing the stance of chief minister, N. Biren regarding a function organised in regard to Rani of Jhansi being linked with the freedom movement of Manipur.
But the chief judicial magistrate released him on November 26 stating that, “The words, terms and gesture used by the accused in the video cannot be termed as seditious. It is mere expression of opinion against the public conduct of public figure in a street language.”
The next day he was picked up from his residence by police and detained him under NSA.
The district magistrate Imphal West district issued the ground of detention under the Act to Kishorchandra’s wife four days after his detention.
On December 14, the state government has approved the detention of former ISTV staff, Kishorchandra Wangkhem under National Security Act (NSA) passed by the district magistrate, Imphal West and fixed the period of detention for a period of one year from the date of detention.
Various organisations including the Press Council of India, Indian Journalist Union, student bodies termed the detention as arbitrary and demanded release of Kishorchandra.

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