The Supreme Court Tuesday granted six extra months to the Inquiry Commission to submit its report on the police encounter killings of all 4 accused within the case of Hyderabad veterinarian’s homicide and rape, which sparked protests throughout the nation in 2019.
The apex court docket had arrange a three-member inquiry panel in December 2019 to look into the matter and file its report in six months. However, the panel had requested for extra six months in July 2020 after which once more in January, this yr, citing unavoidable causes because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Why is this matter going on and on? This can be done in 3-4 months,” the bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana requested on Tuesday whereas listening to Advocate Okay Parameshwar, showing for the petitioner. The bench additionally referred to the same panel, set as much as inquire into the encounter killing of a gangster Vikas Dubey in Uttar Pradesh, and stated that they’d already filed the report.
To which, the counsel responded that they’d a listing of 130 witnesses and couldn’t full the proceedings attributable to Covid-19.
The inquiry panel is headed by former apex court docket choose Justice (retd) V S Sirpurkar and contains former Bombay High Court choose Rekha Sondur Baldota and ex-CBI director D R Karthikeyan.
The panel was constituted to look into the police encounter that gunned down all 4 accused — Mohammed Arif, Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu, Jolu Shiva, and Jollu Naveen — for allegedly gangraping and killing the vet, whose burnt physique was recovered by the police on November 28, 2019.
According to the police, the 4 have been taken to the Chattapally — the place the incident befell on November 27 — to recreate the crime scene throughout which they allegedly tried to flee after attacking the police group. In self-defence, the police shot them useless, an official had instructed The Indian Express.
— With inputs from Live Law, PTI