The probe by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC),
which gave a clean chit to the police in a south Delhi shootout last
year, "was not fair", an NGO told the Delhi High Court Wednesday.
The Batla House shootout took place
Sep 19, 2008 in which two suspected militants and a police officer
Counsel Prashant Bhushan, appearing
for Act Now For Harmony and Democracy before a division bench of
Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Manmohan, said, "The
NHRC did not conducted a fair probe into the matter. It just relied
on the police version and filed the report on the same lines."
"The NHRC did not visit the spot, nor
did they talk to Mohd Saif, the lone survivor of the gun battle and
relied only on the police version of the shootout," Bhushan said.
said there was urgent need of a judicial probe by a retired Supreme
Court judge into the incident.
The court will hear the matter Aug 19.
A four-member team, headed by NHRC
acting chairman G.P. Mathur, in its 30-page report submitted last
month, said, "We are clearly of the opinion, with regard to the
material placed before us, that it cannot be said that there has
been any violation of human rights by the action of the police."
The action taken by police in which
two people were killed "is fully protected by law", said the report.
"There is ample and sufficient
material before us which leads to the irresistible conclusion that
there was imminent danger to the life of the police party," the
Two suspected Indian Mujahideen
terrorists were killed in the gun battle. 'Encounter specialist'
police inspector M.C. Sharma also lost his life in the shootout.
It was alleged that police had staged
the incident to ward off pressure after serial blasts in Delhi a
week before the gunbattle had killed 20 people.