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Court refuses to ban media reporting on Maoist surrender

IANS  |  Ranchi 

The High on Tuesday refused to ban media reporting related to the surrender of commander Kundan Pahan.

"The state government lawyer requested the to ban media reporting related to the surrender (of Kundan Pahan) but the refused to do so. The court asked the government to file their reply on Pahan's surrender," said lawyer Hemant Kumar who had raised the issue before the court on Monday.

"The next hearing will take place after vacation," said Kumar. The high court will reopen on June 7 after the summer vacation.

The High Court had on Monday taken cognisance of media reports regarding the commander's surrender.

Hemant Kumar had brought the media reports to the notice of the court. Taking suo moto cognisance, the issue was converted into a Public Interest Litigation (PIL).

Meanwhile, All Students Union (AJSU) legislator Vikas Munda's hunger strike demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe over the surrender of Kundan Pahan continued for the third day on Tuesday. He has also demanded that the commander should be hanged.

AJSU is the alliance partner of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Janata Dal-United's (JD-U) Jharkhand unit President Jaleshwar Mahto met him and extended support to his demand. Vikas Munda's father Ramesh Singh Munda, then JD-U legislator and former minister, was gunned down by Kundan Pahan in 2008.

The Ranchi Bar Association has announced that no lawyer will fight Pahan's case.

Pahan was carrying Rs 15 lakh reward and facing 128 cases. He surrendered before police on Sunday. He was handed over a cheque for Rs 15 lakh just as all surrendered Maoists are given.



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First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 18:18 IST