Vikas Dubey encounter: Former SC Judge BS Chauhan to steer 3-member inquiry panel

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22

Former Supreme Court Judge BS Chauhan will head a three-member panel that may inquire into the killing of eight policemen and the following loss of life of gangster Vikas Dubey and 5 of his associates in alleged police encounters.

According to a draft notification – submitted by the Uttar Pradesh Government and accepted by the Supreme Court on Wednesday – the opposite two members of the inquiry fee are former Allahabad High Court Judge Shashi Kant Agarwal and former Uttar Pradesh DGP KL Gupta.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde requested the inquiry fee begin its work inside every week and submit the report back to it and the state authorities in two months. 

The Bench made it clear that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) already constituted by the UP Government shall be free to inquire into any of the associated incidents that are the topic issues of this case. 

While asking the UP Government to right away notify the inquiry fee, it directed the Centre to offer secretarial help to the panel which may also get the help of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) or some other central company.

The high court docket mentioned it was not in favour of “tying the hands” of the fee with particular phrases of reference for it.

The order got here on a batch of petitions, together with these filed by PUCL, advocate Ghanshyam Upadhyay and suspended Police Inspector KK Sharma, who’s accused of giving a tip-off to the gangster, looking for a court-monitored SIT probe into the alleged encounter killings.

Amid speculations over killing of Dubey in a police encounter whereas being taken to Kanpur from Ujjain on July 10, the UP Police have asserted that it was a real encounter.

Before Dubey’s killing, 5 of his associates had been killed in separate encounters.

Eight policemen had been allegedly killed by Dubey and his associates on July Three after they went to arrest him.

The high court docket had mentioned it was a failure of the system that an individual like Dubey acquired bail regardless of having a number of instances lodged in opposition to him.

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