The Supreme Court of Judges Madan B. Lokur and U.U. Mr Lalit refused Monday to withdraw from the IWC's investigation into the "fake" clashes of the "Manipur", claiming that the call launched by army officers on duty or at the Retirement does not show any evidence in support of their claim – that there is a perception of judicial bias caused by some of the oral comments made by the judges at a hearing.
In a detailed judgment, the Supreme Court of the Supreme Court refused to challenge on the basis of a request made by army officers, fully supported by the Center.
The court stated that the oral observations were not intended to compromise the independence of the CBI probe.
They claimed that certain oral remarks made by the Chamber at a previous hearing, widely commented by the media, implicating the fact that defendants had not been arrested, frightened the staff of the court. army operating in Manipur.
Mukul Rohatgi, the lead counsel, said that there was "a real apprehension in the minds of the soldiers". Their morale was affected by the court's comments. They were afraid that comments would affect their trial later, he said.
Attorney General K.K. Venugopal had argued that the "Indian Government supported this petition". He said the fighting conditions of the armed forces in Manipur were difficult. "More soldiers are killed than insurgents," Venugopal said. Comments such as these "completely affect the morale of the officers".
The lawyer Menaka Guruswamy and lead counsel Colin Gonsalves, who appeared for some of the victims, however assured the chamber, in the amicus curiae of the case, that the argument was simply an attempt to "dominate" the court.
The judges reserved the order requests of the officers.
The controversy centered on a July 30 hearing in which the Supreme Court had questioned the IWC for laying two charges against 14 people, accusing them of killing innocent civilians, of beating the wounded. criminal association and falsification of evidence during the "false" meeting of Manipur, without worrying to stop them.
Lawyers on both sides read L & # 39; Hindu report citing Judge Lokur's remarks to IWC Director Alok Kumar Verma at the hearing on 30 July.
Judge Lokur, quoted in the report, said: "So there are 14 people who, according to you, are murderers wandering in Manipur in the streets of Imphal?
Mr. Rohatgi had argued that the oral comments created a "perception of bias".