The Supreme Court-appointed on Thursday a three-member inquiry commission headed by former apex court judge VS Sirpurkar to inquire into the conditions prompting the experience killing of the four charged in the gang rape and murder of a veterinarian in Telangana.
SC Appointed an Inquiry Commission To Investigate Telangana Encounter
The commission, which likewise included previous Bombay High Court judge Rekha Sondur Baldota and ex-CBI executive DR Karthikeyan, will present its report to the Supreme Court in six months.
A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde stayed procedures pending in the Telangana High Court and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in the case and looked for a SIT report into the case, saying no other authority will ask into the issue pending before the commission of request till further orders.
The seat, likewise involving Justice SA Nazeer and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, requested that security to the three-part commission will be given by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
The top court said the 6 months cutoff time for submission of the report by the commission will begin from the first day of the hearing and it will have all the power under the Commission of Inquiry Act for a leading investigation into December 6 encounter deaths.
The bench noted that “conflicting versions about the incident demands an inquiry to uncover the true facts”.
The bench likewise considered the accommodation made by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi showing up for the Telangana government that a Special Investigation Team of the state police headed by a cop of the degree of Commissioner of Police was also researching into the occurrence and would present its report.
The bench was informed that the SIT was asking into the reason for death four-man who was blamed in the rape and murder for the veterinarian and FIR was held up against them for endeavoring to slaughter police authorities who had taken them to the spot where the lady’s singed body was found.
In its order, the bench noticed that regardless of whether the SIT led examination and prosecution of the dead person, they can nor be attempted nor sentenced.
The bench said, “We do not see how to certify the possibility of such a trial can ever uncover the truth relating to the incident in which policemen are said to have made an encounter and caused the death of four accused.”
“Therefore we are of considered view that inquiry commission needs to be constituted into inquiring the circumstances in which the four accused persons were killed in the morning in Hyderabad on December 6,” it said.