The Justice Sirpurkar Commission constituted by the Supreme Court to launch an inquiry into the deaths of four men accused of raping and murdering a veterinarian in December 2019 completed its inquiry and submitted its report to the apex court on Friday. The four men were killed by the Cyberabad police in an encounter.
The Supreme Court on 12 December 2019 had appointed the commission led by Justice V.S Sirpurkar, former SC judge, and with Justice R.P Sondur Baldota, former judge of the Bombay High Court, and Dr. D.R Kaarthikeyan, former CBI director, as its members. The panel was set up to inquire into the deaths of Mohammed Arif, Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu, Jollu Shiva, and Jollu Naveen while in police custody.
The commission collected various documentary records, including investigation records, forensic reports, post-mortem reports, photographs, and videos concerning the scene of incident. It held hearings for 47 days between 21 August 2021 and 15 November 2021. The panel examined 57 witnesses during this period and recorded their evidence. The hearings were held publicly subject to COVID-19 restrictions. The advocates for the state of Telangana, the police officers involved in the incident, and other interested parties participated in the hearings.
The commission heard oral arguments from all the advocates from 16 to 26 November 2021. It inspected various places associated with the incident on 5 December 2021. After completing the inquiry, the commission submitted its report before the Supreme Court on 28 January 2022.