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MoD denies prosecution sanction against 30 accused in Oting killings

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, APRIL 12: The Department of Military Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Government of India, has denied to accord sanction for prosecution against all the 30 accused involved in the killing of civilians at Oting on December 5, 2021.
Prosecution sanction by the Government of India is required for initiating any proceedings against security forces personnel for any actions taken by them while discharging their duties under Section 197(2) Cr.P.C and Section 6 of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), informed Inspector General of Police (CID), Nagaland, Roopa M (IPS), in a press release issued today.
It may be recalled that following the killing of civilians at Oting on December 5, 2021 by security personnel, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Nagaland Police was constituted vide Home Department (Political Branch) Order dated 5th December 20201.
The SIT, after completion of the investigation on March 24, 2022, had sought Sanction for Prosecution from the Department of Military Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Government of India, against the accused persons of the Security Forces contingent involved in the incident.
As per procedure upon completion of investigation, pending the receipt of sanction for prosecution, the charge-sheet in the case was filed in the District and Session Court, Mon, against the accused persons on May 30, 2022.
Meanwhile, the wives of the accused Security Forces personnel had also approached the Supreme Court for a stay of the proceedings in the case. The apex Court vide Interim Order dated 19.07.2022, had stayed any further proceedings in the case.
Following the denial to accord Sanction for Prosecution against all the 30 accused by the Ministry of Defence, as required by law, the fact of the denial of the Prosecution Sanction has been communicated to the Court of District & Session Judge, Mon by the State Crime Cell Police Station and the SIT, the release informed.
(Page News Service)

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