Final argument in case against Irom Sharmila from December 15

New Delhi, Oct 7 (IANS) A court here on Wednesday fixed December 15 to hear final arguments in the case against civil rights activist Irom Sharmila, accused of a suicide bid during her fast-unto-death protest in 2006.

Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain set December 15 to hear final arguments in the case after concluding recording of the defence witness’s statement in the case.

Babloo Loitongbam, a Manipur-based human right activist, was examined as the defence witness in the case.

He said that her fast was not an attempt to commit suicide but it was a fast demanding to repeal Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Manipur.

Sharmila has been on a fast for about 15 years, seeking repeal of the AFSPA. The court on March 4, 2013, framed charges against her for attempting to commit suicide in Delhi, and put her on trial after she refused to plead guilty of the offence.

Sharmila denied having attempted suicide while fasting at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

The court on June 6 concluded the recording of statements of prosecution witnesses in the case.

While recording her statement as an accused in the case, Sharmila on Tuesday claimed she was being implicated in a false and fabricated case.

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