SC to consider appointing ex-apex court judge to probe into Hyderabad encounter

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PTI | Updated: Dec 11, 2019, 13:37 IST

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it was considering to appoint a former apex court judge to inquire into the encounter killings of four accused persons in the sensational gangrape-and-murder case of a veterinarian in Telangana

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“We are conscious of the fact that the Telangana High Court had taken note of it,” a bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) S A Bobde said, adding that the top court only wanted that a Delhi-based former apex court judge should inquire into the case.

“We propose to appoint a former Supreme Court judge to inquire into it,” the bench, also comprising justices S A Nazeer and Sanjeev Khanna, said.

It clarified that the former apex court judge, who would inquire into the incident, would sit in Delhi.

The bench has now posted the PILs, seeking an independent SIT probe into the encounter, for hearing on Thursday.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi and advocate Krishnakumar Singh, appearing for the Telangana government, said it had followed the directions laid down by the apex court for an inquiry into encounters and had already referred the case to the state CID.

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