There is prima facie evidence of foul play in three out of 17 cases of encounter killings in Gujarat which took place between 2002 to 2007, states the report filed by Justice (Retd) H S Bedi in the Supreme Court. He has recommended prosecution of nine police officers involved in the cases.
It was on March 2, 2012 that the Supreme Court appointed Justice Bedi, a former SC judge, as Chairman of the Monitoring Committee, to monitor the investigation carried out by the Special Task Force (STF) constituted by the Gujarat government to investigate the cases of custodial deaths. The report is only regarding the 17 cases which were specifically referred to STF.
The SC intervention came in the petitions filed by journalist B G Verghese (since expired), poet-lyricist Javed Akhtar and social worker Shabnam Hashmi, who alleged that the police encounters were fake and stage-managed. Justice Bedi submitted his report in the Court in sealed cover on February 26, 2018. Earlier this week, on January 9, the CJI-led bench of the SC ordered to make the report public, overruling the objections of Gujarat government.…
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