SC directs Centre & Manipur Govt to ensure distribution of food, medicines to citizens

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 The Supreme Court in its order on Friday directed the Centre and the Manipur government to ensure the distribution of essential supplies like food, medicines, and other primary and essential needs for survival, so that no citizen is left without the basic human facilities.

The bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dr Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud passed the interim direction while hearing a batch of pleas on Manipur violence cases.

The Apex Court asked the Centre and the Manipur government to apprise it about the steps taken by them on the next date of hearing on September 6.

Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta, senior law officer appearing for the Centre, told the top Court that nodal officers have been appointed by Manipur government and also by the Central Government to look into the issue of all kinds of steps, including relief, rehabilitation and among others.

After hearing this, the Supreme Court took these submissions of SG Mehta into record and said the committee (Justice Gita Mittal) set up by the Apex court will be informed about the Nodal Officers.

The Court while refusing to address each and every side concern, prayer, and grievance, made it clear that it had set up the committee to entirely look into the issue of Manipur violence, reliefs, rehabilitation and etc, in view of the Top Court could not able to hear all the parties concerned.

The Supreme Court said considering the humanitarian aspect of the matter, the government should explore all options including airdropping of necessary items.

During the course of the hearing, a lawyer objected the way the dead bodies were being kept in poor condition in the morgue. “It is in very bad condition. Please look into all these,” he pleaded before the Supreme Court.

The Apex Court, although refused to pass any order on the issue, made it clear that ultimately these bodies have to be disposed or else there is a danger of outbreak of diseases etc. So please make a note on the issues flagged (by this lawyer), so that you can make a statement on this next time, and we will record it, the CJI said.

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