Human Rights

High Court’s support of clean chit to Delhi Police challenged in Supreme Court

New Delhi: Delhi High Court's acceptance of National Human Rights Commission's investigation report giving clean chit to Delhi Police's Special Cell in Batla House encounter case has been challenged by ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy), an NGO in a petition filed in Supreme Court on 18 Sept. The NGO has stated in its petition that the High Court has erred in accepting NHRC's investigation report because this Commission did not thoroughly investigate the encounter which resulted in the death of Inspector MC Sharma and two alleged young terrorists, that the Commission did not personally visit and inspect the place of encounter and its strategic surroundings nor did it meet and interview any eye witness, local people etc which are essential for any kind of enquiry. The petition also said that the Commission relied totally on the version of Delhi Police and did not base its report on its own independent investigation. Hence in order to remove all doubts and suspicions, an independent judicial enquiry is essential, the petition said. It is however not known if the apex Court has admitted this petition for hearing.

Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Maulana Ahmad Bokhari, supporting the demand for judicial enquiry asked if government and Delhi Police think that Batla House encounter is true, why it does not order an independent judicial enquiry? Referring to the result of the recent Okhla assembly bye-election he said that by defeating the Congress candidate people of Okhla have expressed their no-confidence in Congress governments, both at the Centre and Delhi state, because of attempts to hide the truth behind Batla House encounter. (NA Ansari)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2009 on page no. 11

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