Manipur CM’s son Ajay Meetai awarded five years jail term in a 2011 road rage case
New Delhi: Eveyone is equal in the eyes of law, goes the saying, and this was reinstated once again by the Manipur trial court today as it awarded five years jail term to Ajay Meetai in a 2011 road rage case.
Meetai is Manipur CM N Biren Singh’s son.
Background behind the arrest
The Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Centre and the Manipur government on a plea by parents of a youth who was killed in a road rage case in 2011 by Ajay Meetai, the son of present Chief Minister N. Biren Singh.
The parents alleged that they fear for their safety.
A vacation Bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Navin Sinha asked the Union Home Secretary and the Chief Secretary of Manipur to respond by May 29, on the plea by Irom Chitra Devi, mother of Irom Roger.
Meetai has been awarded five years jail term under section 304 (culpabale homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC for firing at Roger in a road rage incident on March 20, 2011.
Roger had allegedly not allowed Mr. Meetai to overtake him in his SUV. The incident irked Meetai who fired at Roger who later died.
The plea, filed through advocate Utsav Bains, alleged that the parents of the victim were fearing for their safety in the State ruled by the BJP through Biren Singh. Moreover, no lawyer was willing to appear on their behalf in the high court which is hearing the appeal against the conviction.