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SC asks Gujarat govt to share Justice Bedi report on fake encounters with petitioners

The Supreme Court also warned the state government for seeking constant adjournment in the case

Wednesday January 9, 2019 3:03 PM, ummid.com News Network

Gujarat Fake Encounter

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India Wednesday asked the Gujarat government to share with the petitioners Justice H.S. Bedi Committee Report on 24 alleged fake police encounter killings that occurred in the state between 2002 to 2006.

The SC bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and Sanjay Kishan Kaul however said the apex court has not yet decided to accept or reject the final report. However the final report should be shared with the petitioners BG Verghese and Javed Akhtar who can raise objections if any, the court said.

The top court was hearing two PILs filed in 2007 by journalist B.G. Verghese, and poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar, seeking a direction for a probe by an independent agency or the Central Bureau of Investigation so the “truth may come out”.

The Supreme Court had in March 2012 appointed Justice H.S. Bedi to head a monitoring committee to supervise investigations into 22 cases of alleged fake encounters in Gujarat between 2002 and 2006. Justice Bedi is a retired judge of the Supreme Court.

The committee had looked into whether the encounters, including Ishrat Jahan and Sohrabuddin Sheikh cases, showed a pattern that people from the minority community were targeted as terrorists.

During the hearing on the matter today, the Supreme Court also warned the state government for seeking constant adjournment in the case.

When the counsel appearing for Gujarat sought adjournment in the matter said that Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who has been appearing for the state in the case, was on his legs in another court and requested that the matter be adjourned to any date next week CJI Gogoi did not receive the request favourably.

“State of Gujarat cannot seek adjournment again and again and again. If he can’t give priority to a case on court 1 and wants to go to some other court, that is his decision. But he has to make arrangements here”, Justice Gogoi said.

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