Two petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court seeking registration of an FIR and compensation to the families of the four accused killed in an ‘encounter’ in the case of the rape and murder of a 25-year-old veterinarian in Hyderabad.
Petitioner G.S. Mani sought directions for the registration of an FIR and then an investigation by the CBI, SIT, CID or a team of police officials from another state into the ‘encounter’.
The petition urged the apex court that an independent investigation agency must be directed in accordance with the guidelines laid down in connection with investigation (the PUCL vs State of Maharashtra) in fake encounter killing.
The petition alleged that it was a stage-managed encounter to cover up the alleged lapses of the police, which led to the commission of the gruesome crime of rape and murder.
In another petition, advocate Manohar Lal Sharma said that the killing of 4 arrested persons in police custody was allegedly done due to the demands of political leaders, and the media raising a hue and cry seeking the immediate execution of the accused without a trial “which is a serious violation of Article 21 as well as murder of innocent citizens of India”.
“It’s a serious injury to the constitutional systems and endanger further life & liberty to the citizen of India,” said Sharma in the petition.
Seeking compensation for the families of the accused, Sharma said the apex court should pass a direction to give a compensation of Rs 20 lakhs to the family members of each accused killed in police custody in the interest of justice.
“Appointment of an SIT, consisting retired Supreme Court judges, to conduct investigation with the help of CBI under the regular supervision of this court, and to file their report before this court for further action and prosecution of all involved police personnel, leaders and media channels in accordance of law in the interest of justice,” contended Sharma in his petition.
He also urged the apex court to issue a proper order prohibiting the media and leaders from conducting a media trial or making any statement during the pendency of a trial for rape, murder and crime against anyone including women until the trial is concluded.