Top Court Probes Into Encounter Of Telangana Rape-Murder Accused By Police

Top Court Probes Into Encounter Of Telangana Rape-Murder Accused By Police

Supreme Court Into Encounter Of Telangana Rape-Murder Accused By Cops
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ordered an independent inquiry into the encounter of uccused of the rape and murder of 26-year-old woman in Telangana last week. The probe panel will be headed by retired Supreme Court judge VS Sirpurak and includes Justice Rekha, a former Bombay High Court judge and former CBI director Karthikeyan.The panel, based out of Hyderabad will submit a report to the Supreme Court in 6 months.
Supreme court also claimed no other court or authority will probe the  matter till further orders, meaning the eight-member SIT set up by the Telangana government will stand down, as will the inquiry instituted by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
The bench, also comprising Justices SA Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna, said "We are of the considered view that there should be impartial inquiry into the encounter deaths of the four people accused in the gang-rape and murder of a veterinarian in Telangana," 

The court said "We are not saying police is guilty. We don't know. We will order a probe and you will cooperate," and it further added "There are aspects of your (Telangana) version which needed an inquiry".

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Supreme Court also dispersed the Telangana government's contention that it had set up a  SIT to probe the matter, pointing out it had been constituted "to probe the cause of death (of the rape accused) and not prosecute the guilty".
Supreme Court also issued a notice to electronic and print media to refrain from reporting on panel hearings.
On December 6, the crime that horrified the nation, the four accused were encountered, cops claimed the men snatched their weapons and opened fire during investigations.
The accused Mohammed Arif (26), Jollu Shiva (20), Jollu Naveen (20) and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20) - had been taken for a reconstruction of events at the crime scene, which is around 50 kilometres from Hyderabad. They were not handcuffed, police claimed.
The police said that the men statrted attacking the police with sharp objects, stones and snatched their weapons, which were already unlocked.
Two petitions had been filed in Top Court, one by lawyers GS Mani and Pradeep Kumar Yadav, and the other by advocate ML Sharma, seeking an independent investigation against the police officials concerned.
Just before the enciunter of accused, furious protests broke out in parliament, with Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan said, "These types of people (the rape accused in the Telangana case) need to be brought out in public and lynched"

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