SC for impartial inquiry into encounter of Telangana rape-murder accused

Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for the Madhya Pradesh Congress at the Supreme Court, sought the referral of the issue to a larger bench. Representational image: PTI

The Supreme Court on Thursday (December 12) said there should be an “impartial inquiry” into the encounter killings of the four men accused in the gang rape and murder of a veterinarian in Telangana.

An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde was hearing two public interest litigations seeking an independent probe into the deaths last week.

The Telangana government justified the encounter, saying the accused snatched two firearms and shot at a police party.

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“We are of the considered view that there should be impartial inquiry into the encounter deaths of the four people accused in the gang rape and murder of a veterinarian in Telangana,” the bench, also comprising Justices S A Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna, said. There are “aspects of your (Telangana) version which needed an inquiry”, it observed.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Telangana government, said no policemen received bullet injuries but got injured in the attack by the accused who were using stone and sticks.

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