Vikas Dubey Encounter: SC Asks UP Govt to File Status Report By July 16
Supreme Court asked the UP government to file a status report in the Vikas Dubey case by Thursday. The Supreme Court on Tuesday posted petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the killing of gangster Vikas Dubey in Kanpur by the Special Task Force of the Uttar Pradesh Police for July 20. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for UP government volunteered to file a report on the steps they have taken so far.
A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said it may consider appointing a committee headed by a former judge to inquire into the encounters of Dubey, his aides as well as the killing of eight Uttar Pradesh policemen by the gangster.
The apex court said it would hear on July 20 the pleas seeking court-monitored probe into the encounters.
The bench, also comprising Justices RS Reddy and AS Bopanna. Observed that monitoring of investigation is something which the court is very reluctant to do.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde said that it is open to form a judicial committee to probe the incident. An order in this regard has not been passed yet.
Will Do Something Like Telangana:
The Court said that this is something which the Court will do reluctantly. However, since there was a precedent of forming a judicial committee to probe a similar encounter killing in Telangana in December 2019. The Court was willing to pass a similar order in this case too.
The Court sought suggestions from petitioners on possible names to head the probe committee.
In December 2019, CJI Bobde had asked the Telangana government to suggest the name of a retired Supreme Court judge who could take up the task of probing the killing of four men who allegedly raped and murdered a 26-year-old veterinary doctor on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
Eight policemen were killed in an ambush in Kanpur when they were going to arrest Dubey on July 3.
Dubey was killed in an encounter on the morning of July 10. A police vehicle carrying him from Ujjain to Kanpur toppled over in an accident. Vikas tried to escape from the spot after snatching the revolver of a police officer, the police had said
The opposition has alleged that Dubey was killed to cover up a gangster-police-politician nexus in Uttar Pradesh.
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