Manipur Advocate General Nongmeikappam Koteshwar was wounded when the licensed gun of a minister travelling with him went off accidentally, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh said on Sunday.
The advocate general, who is in stable condition in hospital, was not shot by militants, he told PTI.
Official sources had earlier said the advocate general was
shot by militants in an ambush.
Koteshwar (50), Works minister K Ranjit, and Tribal Development minister D D Thaisi were driving down from Ukhrul
On Saturday night with all three sitting in the rear seat, the chief minister said.
Thaisi, who had a licensed gun, wanted to keep it beside him when it when off accidentally as the car was driving
through Litan area, about 33 km from here, Singh said.
"Since Thaisi has already apologised to the advocate general, there is no point in ordering an inquiry," he said.
Doctors removed the bullet from Koteshwar's chest and he was out of danger, hospital sources said.