New Delhi, December 3: The Supreme Court Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday, provided a week's time to the Gujarat government to file an affidavit clarifying the reasons as to why the court appointed committee’s report regarding 22 fake police encounters should not be made available to the petitioners who seek an independent probe into the killings.
During the course of proceedings, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that the report submitted by Justice Bedi regarding the alleged fake encounters must not be made public at this stage. In pursuant to his argument, the Court asked him to file an affidavit for the same.
The Court also declined Mr. Mehta's request to schedule the next hearing in the case post Christmas and listed the matter to be heard next on December 12.
The issue pertains to the fake’ police encounters happened amid 2002 and 2006, when Narendra Modi was Chief Minister.
The observation of the bench came in response to the Pleas filed by the Journalist BG Verghese and lyricist Javed Akhtar along with human rights activist Shabnam Hashmi in 2007 seeking a probe by an independent agency or the CBI to reveal the truth of the encounters.
The petitioners has also demanded a copy of Justice HS Bedi report, which was submitted to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover in March this year.
Journalist Verghese in his plea also sought compensation to the kin of the deceased whereas, Javed Akhtar referred media reports of alleged killings of innocent persons in fake encounters by the same team of Gujarat police involved in other encounters and sought investigation by an Special Investigation Team.
In the Year 2012, the Supreme Court appointed a monitoring committee under supervision of former Judge HS Bedi in order to probe the alleged encounters considering the question whether the encounters follow a definite pattern targeting people from the minority community as terrorists. The Court also gave Mr. Bedi liberty to take the assistance of persons and officers outside the state of Gujarat