Imphal, March 31 2021: Narengbam Samarjit, self styled “External Affairs and Defence Minister of Manipur State Council” and founder of Salai Holdings has been remanded to 13 days police custody.
Today, Samarjit was produced before the Court of the Special Judge (NIA) Manipur, which remanded him to 13 days police custody.
The case pertains to declaring “Manipur Government in Exile” in London. On October 29, 2019, Samarjit and Yambem Biren had held a press meet in London wherein they announced the formation of the “Manipur State Council” a Government in exile and its “separation” from India.
Yambem Biren was named as the “Chief Minister of the Manipur State Council”, Samarjit was named as the “External Affairs and Defence Minister” .
The NIA had then registered a case against the two.
On March 29, he was produced before the Court of a Duty Magistrate and was remanded to NIA custody for 3-days. Narengbam Samarjit was detained by the Immigration authorities on March 25 at Delhi IGI Airport on arrival from London by an Air India flight.
The NIA (National Investigation Agency) had then arrested him and later brought him to Imphal on March 29 after getting a transit remand for 6 days from a Delhi Court.
Earlier on his arrival at Imphal Airport with transit remand on March 29, his supporters has shouted slogans. Eight of his supporters have also been arrested and sent to police custody.
The eight persons, who have been identified as supporters of Narengbam Samarjit include his wife Narengbam (O) Tilotama Chanu (39).The other 7 accused persons have been identified as Narengbam Biswajit (55) of Tera Loukrakpam Leikai, Narengbam Nonglen (25) of Tera Loukrakpam Leikai, Naoroibam David (32) of Naoremthong Khumanthem Leikai, Mayanglambam Tollenjou (55) of (present address) Lamboikhong-nangkhong Veterinary Leirak–(permanent address) Bamon Leikai, Hailakandi, Assam, Narengbam (O) Ranjana Devi (52) of Tera Loukrakpam Leikai, Narengbam Ningol Naoroi-bam ongbi Medhabati Devi (43) of Naoremthong Khumanthem Leikai and Mutum Ningol Chongthem ongbi Chitramala Devi (43) of Sagolband Tera Amudon Akham Leikai.
They were produced before the Duty Magistrate yesterday and remanded to 7 days police custody till April 5 .
NIA investigation has established that that the Salai Group of companies was indulging in Ponzi scheme/money circulation scheme and due to unsustainability of the scheme, Narengbam Samarjit had fled to London with the money of the depositors and announced the “independence of Manipur” .
It also claimed that the SMART Society, through its Micro Finance Division collected money from people at the rate of 3 percent interest without any legal sanctity and three accused persons–vice-chairmen of Salai Group of Companies–Elangbam Brojendro, Narengbam Biswajit Singh and Akoijam Deepa Anand had utilised the “illegally” collected money of SMART Society in other Salai companies and thus laundered the money in conspiracy with Samarjit.