Vikas Dubey Encounter Killing: Supreme Court seeks reply from UP govt on pleas seeking probe into encounter, hints at setting up committee
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Vikas Dubey Encounter Killing: Supreme Court seeks reply from UP govt on pleas seeking probe into encounter, hints at setting up committee

Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, however, maintained that the Supreme Court is reluctant to venture into such cases.

Shruti Mahajan

The Supreme Court today sought a response from the State of Uttar Pradesh on the pleas seeking a probe into the encounter killing of gangster Vikas Dubey.

The Court also hinted at setting up a committee to look into the matter.

The Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices R Subhash Reddy and AS Bopanna took up for hearing a batch of petitions seeking a probe into the encounter killings of gangster Vikas Dubey and his associates.

During the hearing, the Court said that it may set up a committee to investigate the encounter, similar to what was done in the Telangana encounter case of December 2019.

"We will do something similar like what we did in the Telangana case."
CJI SA Bobde

However, while hinting at its willingness to set up a committee, CJI Bobde clarified that the Supreme Court would not monitor this probe. He also stated that these are the kind of cases where the Supreme Court was "extremely reluctant" to venture into.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, arguing on behalf of Uttar Pradesh government, made the government's position clear to say that an adversarial stand will not be taken. He, however, sought for a copy of the pleas to be served on him to file a reply.

The Court has directed the State of Uttar Pradesh to file its reply by Thursday, July 16 and fixed the next date for hearing on Monday, July 20.

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