Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 7
The Maharashtra Government has urged the Supreme Court to dismiss the petitions seeking a CBI probe into the lynching of two Hindu saints and their driver, saying it has taken action against the erring policemen who have been either dismissed or compulsorily retired or subjected to salary cut.
On behalf of the state government, senior advocate R Basant told a Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, “One police official has been dismissed, two others have been compulsorily retired and several others have been punished with pay-cuts. A charge-sheet has been filed against 252 persons.”
He said now that everything was over, the top court should dismiss the petitions demanding a CBI probe into the incident.
As petitioner SS Jha opposed his submission, the Bench adjourned the matter to allow the petitioners to read the state’s 1,000-page reply and respond to it.
The SC had on June 11 asked the state government to respond to two petitions seeking separate probes by the CBI and the NIA into the lynching that took place in Gadchinchile village allegedly in police presence on April 16.
The top court is seized of two petitions – one filed by sadhus of Shri Panch Dashban Juna Akhara and relatives of the deceased seers and the other by one Ghanshyam Upadhyay.
While the first petition demanded a CBI probe into the lynchings, the other wanted a probe by the NIA. The petitioners alleged that the state police were conducting the probe in a biased manner.
The victims were travelling from Mumbai to Surat when they were stopped by a mob and killed allegedly on suspicion of being thieves.