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Supreme Court to hear petition against Telangana encounter tomorrow

The police claimed that the quartet had been taken for the crime reconstruction when they tried to snatch their weapons and flee, forcing them to open fire in which they were killed.

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Updated: Dec 10, 2019, 09.24 AM IST
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Another advocate M L Sharma has also filed a similar petition saying the SIT probe should be monitored by former apex court judges.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will hear a petition seeking an independent investigation into the alleged encounter killing of the four accused of raping and murdering a woman veterinarian in Telangana.

The police claimed that the quartet had been taken for the crime reconstruction when they tried to snatch their weapons and flee, forcing them to open fire in which they were killed.

The killings have quietened those seeking justices for the doctor but have raised misgivings among many others. There were too many loopholes in the police story, some have claimed. Advocate GS Mani has filed a PIL challenging the legality of the encounter, and it was mentioned on an urgent basis in the top court.

A bench led by Chief Justice SA Bobde initially was reluctant to consider it but then agreed to hear it on Wednesday. “Isn’t the high court hearing the case,” the CJI asked.

The encounter was welcomed by a section who questioned the long judicial delays and the tardy criminal justice system in India. Calls have been made to fast-track trials in rape cases amid the death of another woman from Unnao, who was allegedly burnt to death. Yet another woman from Unnao, who was allegedly raped by MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, was grievously injured in a mysterious accident.

“Fake encounters are impermissible under the law,” Mani’s petition claimed. The police cannot take the law into their own hands and punish the accused without any evidence and their guilt established in the court, the petition said, adding that due process as mandated by the law and the Constitution must be followed.

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