Supreme Court orders release of Manipuri activist detained under NSA
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday ordered immediate release of activist from Manipur, Erendro Leichombam, who was detained under the National Security Act (NSA) for his alleged Facebook post on the death of state BJP chief, S Tikendra Singh who succumbed to Covid-19.
In his Facebook post, Erendro Leichombam had criticised Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for advocating cow-dung and cow-urine as cures for COVID.
A Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah said that the person cannot be kept in jail even for a day for such an act, according to report by Bar & Bench.
In May, Erendro Leichombam was booked under the National Security Act (NSA) for a Facebook post on the state BJP chief’s death from Covid-19.
In July 2020, a sedition case was filed against Erendro over a Facebook post in which he had commented on a picture of Sanajaoba Leishemba, then newly elected Rajya Sabha MP, greeting Home Minister Amit Shah.
Erendro Leichombam holds a postgraduate degree in public administration from Harvard University and is a former associate of activist Irom Sharmila.