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High-level corruption responsible for MHRC`s impotence: Shishak [Imphal]

Posted by egovindia on July 1, 2006

High-level corruption responsible for MHRC`s impotence: Shishak

The Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, Jun 28: In a strong indictment of the state government, Justice (retired), W A Shishak, chairman of the Manipur Human Rights Commission, accused ministers and bureaucrats of being steeped in corruption, blaming this for the desultory functioning of the rights panel in its eight years of existence.

The MHRC chairman, speaking at a function held yesterday at the MHRC offices to mark the 8th anniversary of the commission, lamented that because of deep rooted corruption, nothing works properly in Manipur.

Corruption has spread its way into all fields of life, Justice Shishak warned, and stressed the need to take steps to bring it under control at the earliest possible time.

Lamenting that the MHRC has not been able to function properly in its eight years of existence, Justice Shishak squarely blamed this on the deep-rooted corruption in Manipur`s society.

The MHRC has been reduced to name only, and expressed his strong desire to have the panel function as an autonomous body without any political interference under the control of Parliament as envisaged in the Protect of Human Rights Act 1993.

RS Rajkumar, MHRC member, in his address to the gathering, said it is imperative for the state government to pressurise the Centre to amend section 19 of the CrPC to allow the MHRC to directly inquire into cases involving the armed forces and the paramilitary forces.

He also wanted section 36 to be amended to allow state human rights panels to conduct inquiries in the manner of judicial commissions of inquiry.

Today`s function was presided over by MHRC member Ngangom Nongyai, while S Gourachand Singh, another member, acted as guest of honour.


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