New Delhi, June 7: The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a plea seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the Mathura violence.
The vacation bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy directed the petitioner to approach the High Court instead.
A Delhi based lawyer and BJP leader, Ashwini Upadhyay had moved the Supreme Court seeking a probe into the Mathura violence in which scores of persons including two senior police officials died.
The petitioner had moved the vacation stating that the matter be heard urgently. To a plea to direct the centre to direct a CBI probe, the Bench observed that it is the call of the state government.
The centre cannot impose a CBI probe on the state government and it is for the state to take a call on the matter, the Bench also observed.
The Bench had listed the matter on Monday for hearing on Tuesday. The petitioner had sought before the court to hear the matter urgently and also take suo motu cognisance of the matter. The petitioner had also sought the Supreme Court's directive to the CBI to conduct a probe into the matter.
Last week violent scenes were witnessed in Mathura after the police attempted to clear a sect which had encroached upon some land. The members of the sect fired upon the police and killed two. In all 29 persons had died in the violent clash.