`There is nothing confidential': SC rejects TS plea to keep Justice Sirpurkar commission report in sealed cover

Justice V S Sirpurkar Commission probing the 2019 Disha encounter case has recommended that 10 police officers, who had allegedly killed four rape accused, should be tried for murder. The Commission submitted the report to the Supreme Court.

By Amrutha Kosuru  Published on  20 May 2022 10:18 AM GMT
`There is nothing confidential: SC rejects TS plea to keep Justice Sirpurkar commission report in sealed cover

Hyderabad: The Supreme Court on Friday rejected the Telangana government's request to keep Justice V S Sirpurkar commission report in the Disha encounter case in a sealed cover.

Justice V S Sirpurkar Commission probing the 2019 Disha encounter case has recommended that 10 police officers, who had allegedly killed four rape accused, should be tried for murder. The Commission submitted the report to the Supreme Court.

A bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana and Justice Hima Kohli rejected the request and directed that all records and reports be sent to Telangana HC.

"There is nothing confidential. Someone has been found guilty and now the state has to look into this. HC has to take it and try the accused for the crime," the CJI said.

"It is a public inquiry what is confidential this? If you want I will read it out. We cannot monitor this case on daily basis. The question is what is the further course of action. let the matter proceed before HC and let copies be given to the parties," the CJI said during the hearing.

The CJI further questioned what was the point of hearing the case if all documents are not fully disclosed.

"Once the report is there it has to be disclosed," the CJI said.

The SC was directed to furnish soft copies of the report to both sides and parties.

Telangana requested the sealing of the documents as they did not want the impact of the ongoing case in the trial court.

In the early hours of December 6, 2019, an incident took place on the outskirts of Chatanpally Village, Ranga Reddy District, in which four accused, Mohammed Arif, Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen, and Chintakunta Chennakesavulu died when they were in police custody.

Background of the case

On the evening of November 27, 2019, Disha (name changed) left her home for a clinic in Gachibowli. She parked her Scooty, a two-wheeler near the toll plaza, and took a cab to the clinic. At 9.22 pm. she called her younger sister saying that the rear tyre of her Scooty had punctured and she accepted help from some truck workers. But then she was worried and expressed fear of being alone amid men who looked suspicious. The sister advised her to walk to the toll plaza and wait there. However, she hesitated to go there. After about six minutes, the call disconnected and Disha's phone remained switched off thereafter.

Around 10.30 pm. Disha's sister and parents approached RGIA Police Station. Police initially did not register the complaint claiming that they did not have jurisdiction and directed them to approach Shamshabad Rural Police Station. The relatives then searched the nearby areas and went to Shamshabad Rural Police Station. On November 28, 2019, the missing complaint was registered as Crime Number 480.

On 28th November 2019 morning, they received information from Samala Sathyam that he had seen a woman's dead body burning in the underpass on NH44 near Chatanpally Village investigation was taken up by Shadnagar Police. In the course of the investigation, the dead body was identified as that of Disha by her parents and Sister. Based thereon at around 9.00 am FIR in Crime No. 784 of 2019 was registered on the file of Shadnagar Police Station under Section 302 and 201 IPC.

On November 29, V C Sajjanar, Commissioner of Police, Cyberabad addressed a press conference and announced that four persons namely Mohammed Arif, Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen, and Chintakunta Chennakesavulu (hereinafter 'deceased suspects') were arrested in connection with the rape and murder of Disha. He also narrated the details of the incident which were said to have been disclosed by four persons in their confessional statements recorded by the police.

The next day, the four accused persons were produced for remand before Executive Magistrate, Farooq Nagar. They were remanded to Judicial Custody for 13 days. The four deceased suspects were then taken to Cherlapally Central Prison on the evening of 31st November 2019.

On 06th December 2019, it was widely reported in the media that the deceased suspects were killed when they attacked the police party which had taken them to Chatanpally to effect recovery of articles of Disha.

It was reported that the deceased had reportedly snatched firearms from the police and opened fire upon the police party and were subsequently killed in the exchange of fire. A few hours later, the then Commissioner of Police, Cyberabad, V C Sajjanar addressed the press conference and gave more details of the incident to the press.

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