The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled the detention of Manipur-based political activist Leichobam Erendro. He was reportedly detained in a serious matter where he had lost his liberty for months.
Erendro Released In Compliance With The SC’s Order
Erendro was detained under the National Security Act over a Facebook post that suggested cow dung or cow urine wouldn’t cure Covid 19. The bench comprising Justices D.Y Chandrachud and MR Shah said that this is a serious matter. The bench granted two weeks time for the respondents to file their reply regarding compensation.
Following this, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that they have submitted the detention order and it has been revoked. Erendro was released on Monday as per the Supreme Court’s order. He further urged the court to put the matter to rest.
However, advocate Shadan Farasat who represents Ernedro’s father who filed the petition for his son’s release pressed the plea for his compensation. Farasat said in front of the bench that the detention order had five cases against him and charge sheet was not filed in either of them.
The bench told Mehta, “On that prayer we will give you time to file reply.” After hearing the arguments, the bench issued notice in the matter.
Supreme Court Ordered Erendro’s Immediate Release
On Monday, the Supreme Court ordered Erendro’s immediate release before 5pm. The bench noted that continuation of the detention would be “violation of the right to life and personal liberty under Article 21 of the Constitution”.
The plea was filed in the Supreme Court by Leichombam’s father L. Raghuman Singh stating that the detention of the activist was after his criticism of BJP leaders who had advocated cow dung and cow urine curing Covid 19.
The plea contended that it is a shocking instance of misuse of preventive detention law to stifle completely innocuous speech, which is fully constitutionally protected.