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Court Declines Further Inquiry into Azad Encounter Death

  • By PTI

  • May 03, 2012
  • NEW DELHI, India

    The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to order any judicial inquiry or a probe by a Special Investigation Team into the alleged fake encounter killings of top Naxalite leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and a Delhi journalist Hemchandra Pandey.

    A bench of Justices Aftab Alam and C.K. Prasad said there was no reason to believe the allegation that the investigation conducted by the CBI into the encounter was not “honest.”

    The bench directed the CBI to file its investigation reports before the jurisdictional magistrate concerned in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh, where the encounter took place on July 1, 2010.

    The court said the magistrate shall not be influenced by any observations or findings of the CBI report and should proceed in accordance with the law as provided under Section 173 of the Code of Criminal Procedure that relates to “report of police officer on completion of investigation.”

    The court passed the order while disposing of the petition by Bineeta Pandey seeking a judicial inquiry or a probe by the SIT into the encounter on grounds that the probe conducted by the CBI was not honest.

    Counsel Prashant Bhushan appearing for the petitioners alleged that the CBI officers, who gave a clean chit to the Andhra Pradesh Police on the encounter, were under the influence of the Home Minister P. Chidambaram.

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