SC gives CBI two weeks to complete Gujarat encounter case probe
The court said that no more extension would be given to the agency to complete the probe into the death of a witness in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today granted two weeks more time to CBI to complete its probe in the alleged encounter killing of Tulsiram Prajapati, an eyewitness to the 'fake encounter' of Sohrabuddin Sheikh.
A bench of justices BS Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar made it clear that no more extension would be given to the agency to complete the probe and directed it to do so by 14 August.
The apex court had earlier directed the agency to complete its investigation by 30 July.
The court had ordered the CBI probe in April 2011 on an appeal by Tulsiram Prajapati's mother Narmada Bai, who had alleged that her son was killed by the Gujarat Police in a staged gun battle because he was a key eyewitness in the November 2005 killings of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi.
The court on 13 July had refused to review its order directing CBI probe in the murder case, on the plea of the Gujarat Government.
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"Guidelines or advisory of such nature are not enforceable," a bench comprising Chief Justice RM Lodha and justices MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph said.
The Supreme Court’s observation that cops involved in fake encounters should be hanged may sound extreme but it addresses a pressing issue with due seriousness.
Human rights activists have sought a CBI probe into the incident while citizens groups say the police shouldn't be demoralised.