Murder case of Nongnganba Court rejects bail application of accused

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Mar 18 : The Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Kangpokpi on March 16 rejected the bail application filed by Thokchom Sonia Devi who is an accused in the murder case of Akoijam Nongnganba.
The Court during the hearing of the bail application observed that there wasn't any dispute on the claim that the deceased and Sonia were in a relationship and they went to Senapati on February 11 to have lunch with Moses and Stephen.
It is only when Nongnganba Akoijam was found dead near Changoubung village on February 11 that the question of involvement of Sonia in the case arises, the Court said .
The Court said that the suspicion raised by the Prosecution is based on material evidence and it cannot be taken lightly given the extremity of the crime.
On perusal of the material records placed before the Court, it was further observed that Sonia was with the deceased when a heated argument broke out between Moses and the deceased. However, it is yet to be ascertained exactly what kind of role Sonia played during the episode which eventually led up to the death of Nongnganba.
For this purpose, it may be noted that the IO is running from pillar to post to gather more evidence to find out the true story behind the death of Nongnganba Akoijam and also to substantiate their suspicion towards the accused Sonia. Further development in the course of investigation is also already started by the Prosecution and as such custodial interrogation of Sonia may be needed, the Court pointed out.
Based on the submission of the Prosecution and materials adduced, it also appears that Sonia is concealing some facts crucial to the case as she has been  giving statements which is contradictory to what is being discovered from the CCTV footage  recovered by the IO, the Court also said.
The Court went on to state that releasing the accused at this stage may cause obstruction in the investigation and there is a chance of her fleeing or tampering evidence.