Disha encounter case: TS HC adjourns batch of PILs to 23 Jan for arguments of AG

Vrinda Grover, counsel from the Supreme Court appearing for Women Rights and People’s Organisation, concluded her arguments.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  2 Jan 2023 1:22 PM GMT
Disha encounter case: TS HC adjourns batch of PILs to 23 Jan for arguments of AG

Hyderabad: The Chief Justice Bench of Telangana High Court on Monday adjudicated a batch of six PILs filed by Women Rights and People's Organisation, Civil Liberties Committee, and others seeking judicial probe into the alleged fake encounter of the accused involved in the Disha rape and murder.

Vrinda Grover, counsel from the Supreme Court appearing for Women Rights and People's Organisation, concluded her arguments. She once again brought to the notice of the court the lacunas pointed out by the Justice Sirpurkar's Commission appointed by the Supreme Court:

· The I/O did not bother to get footage of CCTV cameras from Ravi Guest House where the accused stayed and the scene of encounter at Chatanpally stating that CCTV cameras were not installed and were not functioning.

· Express FIR with regard to the encounter was dispatched to the magistrate concerned with four hours delay.

· All the bullet injuries were found on the front side of the accused's bodies.

· Scene of offence is a stony area, not a dusty area as stated by the police. It is a tailored story of the police who state that since the accused threw dust in the eyes of the police, they pulled their weapons and fired at them. The police fired at the direction of the sound in retaliation.

· Srinivas Reddy, the owner of the lorry used in the commission of the offence by the accused, did not state before the Commission that he identified his lorry when the police showed him the CCTV footage.

She contended that as per the recommendation of the Sirpurkar Commission, an FIR is to be registered immediately against the 10 police officers who are responsible for the alleged extra judiciary killing of the accused. She also contended that a new SIT be constituted by the High Court and it should be monitored by the court.

Meanwhile, Verose Raghunath and M. Venkanna, counsels for two of the petitioners, also concluded their arguments.

The High Court adjourned the matter to 23 January for the submissions of AG.

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