Panel Probing Police Killing Of Rape, Murder Accused Gets 3rd Extension


Panel Probing Police Killing Of Rape, Murder Accused Gets 3rd Extension

The gangrape and homicide of a younger Telangana lady in 2019 triggered public fury

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave a 3rd six-month extension to a judicial panel investigating Cyberabad Police’s taking pictures of 4 males accused of the gang-rape and homicide of a Telangana veterinarian in November 2019.

The 4 have been shot useless in December of that yr, reportedly as they tried to flee from custody after being taken to the scene of the crime for forensic reconstructions.

The courtroom advised the panel, which is headed by retired prime courtroom choose Justice VS Sirpurkar and was presupposed to submit its report six months after being arrange on December 12, 2019 – that this could be the ultimate extension, reminding it that two such have already been granted.

“Why is this matter going on and on… it is not a big matter,” Chief Justice NV Ramana requested, to which the lawyer for the panel mentioned examination of witnesses had been delayed by the pandemic.

“Is it necessary to question 130 witnesses?” an unconvinced Chief Justice responded.

The Chief Justice identified {that a} report into the killing of gangster Vikas Dubey – in a gunfight with Uttar Pradesh Police in July final yr – was filed inside a yr regardless of the Covid scenario.

“Why is this being delayed?” the Chief Justice requested.

Having flagged issues over the delayed report, the two-member bench of Chief Justice Ramana and Justice Surya Kant lastly agreed to a 3rd extension. “Okay. Six months (more),” the courtroom mentioned.

The panel was arrange after advocate Gs Mani petitioned the highest courtroom for a SIT probe and an unbiased investigation in opposition to the cops concerned within the gunfight.

In December 2019, the 4 males accused of the gangrape and homicide of a 26-year-old lady have been taken to the scene of the crime by Cyberabad Police in a bid to reconstruct their actions.

Then got here a surprising twist to against the law that horrified the nation and triggered huge protests – the police claimed the accused began attacking them with sticks and stones, and that some even managed to grab their weapons and open fireplace, triggering a gunfight that ended with their deaths.

“All four accused got together and started attacking the police party. Officers maintained restraint and asked them to surrender but without listening to us they kept firing. Our officers retaliated,” VC Sajjanar, Cyberabad police chief, advised reporters.

The deaths of the 4 accused have been met with combined reactions; a number of individuals praised the police for his or her reactions, together with badminton ace Saina Nehwal and late actor Rishi Kapoor.

Others, nevertheless, lamented “encounter” killings.

Among them have been Congress MP Karti Chidambaram, who tweeted: “Rape is an heinous crime… while I hold no brief for the alleged perpetrators … “encounter” killings are a blot to our system.”

BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi mentioned the incident had set a “horrifying precedent” for the nation.

Senior attorneys Vrinda Grover and Karuna Nundy additionally slammed the killings, declaring that such police motion is “unacceptable” and that the accused’s guilt may now by no means really be established.

The lady’s father, understandably, had no criticism to make, telling information company ANI: “It has been 10 days to the day my daughter died. I express my gratitude towards the police and the government for this. My daughter’s soul must be at peace now.”

On November 27, the accused noticed the younger lady park her scooter close to a toll-booth on a busy freeway. They allegedly deflated a tyre and took her to a truck yard with the promise of fixing it. Once there they raped and strangled her, and burnt her physique to destroy proof.


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