A hearing was held today in the Supreme Court in the encounter case of Vikas Dubey, the main accused in the Kanpur shootout. The three-judge bench was headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde. During the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that the matter is in our cognizance, we should be given time.
During the hearing, the Supreme Court said that we are considering setting up an inquiry committee to investigate the encounter. Along with this, the Supreme Court has summoned the reply of the Uttar Pradesh government on the plea for a CBI or SIT investigation into the encounter. The court has sought an answer from the UP government till Thursday.
The Supreme Court said that in the case of Hyderabad, the way the court ordered an inquiry under the supervision of a retired judge of the Supreme Court, we are also thinking in this matter on the same lines. Earlier this year, citing its order in the Hyderabad encounter case, the Supreme Court said that we can do something, like we did there.
On this, the UP government says that everything is being done by the state. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that our reply will satisfy the court’s judicial sentiment. It is believed that the Supreme Court can set up a fact-finding committee. It can be announced on Monday.
What has been demanded in the petition
Mumbai’s lawyer Ghanshyam Upadhyay and lawyer Anoop Awasthi have filed a PIL in the Supreme Court. The petition has demanded an inquiry into the role of the UP police. However, the petition was filed late the night before the encounter, in which it was feared that Vikas Dubey might also have an encounter.