New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court on Monday expressed anguish over the manner, gangster Vikas Dubey got bail despite facing several charges of loot, murder and extortion. "This is the failure of the institution and the person, who should have been behind the bars, got bail," a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said, adding, "We are appalled to the fact that a person like Vikas Dubey got the bail despite so many cases."

The top court also asked the Uttar Pradesh government to consider adding a former apex court judge and a retired police office in the inquiry committee probing the encounter of the gangster.

The apex court's reaction came while hearing petitions for a Central Bureau of Investigation or the National Investigation Agency probe into his death and that of the killing of eight police by Vikas Dubey's gang members, and for the top court to monitor the probe.

The bench, also comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, told the Uttar Pradesh government that they have to "uphold rule of law".

"You as a state have to uphold the rule of law. It is your duty to do so," the top court said while hearing a batch of pleas seeking court-monitored probe into the encounters of Dubey and his alleged associates.

The UP Police also filed an affidavit denying allegations of fake encounter. "The death of Uttar Pradesh gangster Vikas Dubey, while he was in the custody of the state police, was not a fake encounter," the police said.

The police also contested parallels drawn between Dubey's encounter with the Telangana incident, adding that Telangana didn't order a judicial commission but the UP government has constituted a judicial commission to investigate the encounter as per the guideline. The police also submitted documentary evidence including image of the police vehicle toppled at the scene, photo of Vikas Dubey's body, and photos of the bodies of the eight slain policemen who were killed in Bikru village by Vikas Dubey and his henchmen on July 3.

(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Rakesh Kumar Jha