The Kingdom of Manipur was an ancient kingdom in northeastern India which, from 1824, was in a subsidiary alliance with British India and made it a spring state. [3] It borders the province of Assam to the west and east of British Burma and covers an area of 22,327 square kilometres and 467 villages in the 20th century. The capital of the state was Imphal. The signatories of the accession instrument were Maharaja Bodhchandra Singh, on behalf of the State of Manipur, and V.P. Menon and Sri Prakash for the Indian government. The Maharajah was guaranteed customary privileges and rights and three Lakh rupees as a portfolio. It could also retain the use of its private property. The Indian government assured the Manipuri people that their rights would be protected and that their customary cultural laws and practices would be freely respected. The Manipur State Assembly was dissolved and The first Indian Commissioner of Manipur, Rawal Amar Singh, took over. Manipur was a territory of India of the United States which, in 1962, was entirely public in India. On September 21, 1949, the Maharajah was forced to sign a merger agreement with the Union of Indians, which was due to come into force on October 15 of the same year.

[16] As a result of the agreement, Manipur State merged with the Indian Union as a Part C state (similar to a high-level province under colonial rule, later called Union Territory) to be led by a senior commissioner appointed by the Indian government. The representative assembly of Manipur has been abolished. [17] To understand how Manipur`s merger with India took place, we need to take a brief look at the geography and historical context of that state. Manipur is a landlocked state that shares its borders with the Indian states of Nagaland to the north, Assam to the west and mizoram to the south. To the east and southeast of Manipur is Myanmar`s international neighbour, with which Manipur shares an international border of 352 km. With the exception of prior conviction by the Indian government, no civil or criminal proceedings are brought against a person for an act committed or imposed in the performance of his or her duties as a state agent before the date on which the administration is transferred to the Indian government. Its sovereignty of the Maharadjas is entitled to the full ownership, exploitation and enjoyment of all private real estate (unlike state property) which belongs to it at the time of this contract. His Highness, the Maharajah, will present to the government, before 1 January 1950, an inventory of all the real estate, securities and cash holdings it holds as such.

In the event of a dispute over whether an object is the private property of its sovereignty, the maharadar or state property, it is referred to a judicial officer to be appointed a judge of the Supreme Court, and that official`s decision is final and binding on both parties. Assuming that its sovereignty of the maharajah right to use residences known as „Redlands“ and „The Chatalettes“ in Shillong, and property in the town of Gauhati known as „Manipuri Basti“ are not in question.