New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court on Wednesday approved a three-member inquiry commission headed by former top court judge Justice (retd), BS Chauhan, to probe the killing of eight policemen and the subsequent encounter killings of gangster Vikas Dubey and five of his alleged associates. The apex court has also directed the inquiry commission to start its probe within seven days and submit its final report within two months.

Former high court judge Justice (retd) Shashi Kant Agarwal and retired Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh KL Gupta will be the other two members of the inquiry commission to probe the gangster's encounter.

A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde and also comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian cleared Uttar Pradesh government's draft notification. The inquiry commission will be provided assistance by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) or any other central agency, the top said.

 

The report of the inquiry commission will be submitted to both the state government and the Supreme Court under the Commission of Inquiry Act. The commission will also probe the circumstances under which the gangster was released on bail despite facing 65 FIRs.

The apex court was hearing a batch of petitions which have sought a court-monitored probe into the encounters of Dubey and five of his alleged associates. Some of the pleas have also sought a probe into the killing of eight policemen, including DSP Devendra Mishra, who were ambushed in Bikru village in Chaubeypur area of Kanpur when they were going to arrest Dubey and fell to bullets fired from rooftops shortly after midnight on July 3.

 

Dubey was killed in an encounter on the morning of July 10 when a police vehicle carrying him from Ujjain to Kanpur met with an accident and he tried to escape from the spot in the Bhauti area, the police had said. Prior to Dubey's encounter, five of his alleged associates were killed in separate encounters.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma