Vikas Dubey Encounter: Supreme Court Approves Judicial Probe Panel

The Supreme Court has asked the three-member inquiry commission to submit its report on UP gangster Vikas Dubey case within two months.

Jessica David

July 23, 2020

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The Supreme Court (SC), on Wednesday (July 22), accepted the appointment of a three-member inquiry commission headed by former top court judge, Justice B S Chauhan to probe the encounter of UP gangster Vikas Dubey, and asked it to submit the report within two months to the court and the Uttar Pradesh government. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde also told the Uttar Pradesh Police not to further encounters to eliminate dreaded gangsters in the state. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the UP Police, informed the apex court that the state government proposes former SC judge Justice Chauhan’s name to head the panel.

The other two members of the inquiry commission are – retired judge of the Allahabad High Court, Justice Shashi Kant Agarwal and former Director-General of Police (DGP) K L Gupta. The Supreme Court noted that the secretarial assistance to the Justice Chauhan committee shall be provided by the Centre and not the state government. The bench also declined to monitor the investigations into Dubey’s encounter. The Chief Justice said, “Just because it has received so much publicity, we cannot begin monitoring the criminal investigation.” The commission will begin functioning within a week.

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