SC blasts CBI over Manipur fake encounter cases probe
The Supreme Court has blasted the CBI over the probe of the Manipur fake encounter cases and said that "there is something terribly wrong" in the way investigation is being handled.
Taking a strong exception to Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves's submission that out of the forty-two cases forty FIRs are filed against the deceased victims, the SC bench of Justices Madan Lokur and UU Lalit asked if it was true.
To this, the CBI counsel was not able to give a satisfactory response.
"Mr. Solicitor I am sorry to say but there is something terribly wrong. You're still showing the victims as the accused," the bench said.
The Bench then asked the counsel for National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to get associated with the SIT, said reports.
The Supreme Court had in January pulled up the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for not registering FIRs in the Manipur fake encounters case, which came to light after confessions of confession by Manipur Police head constable Thounaojam Herojit Singh. The apex court was referring to 42 alleged fake encounter cases, said to have taken place between 2003 and 2009.
The apex court had in January directed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to lodge 30 more FIRs on or before January 31 this year, after the SIT informed it that it has registered 12 FIRs till date.
Herojit, once considered an encounter specialist, had claimed that he witnessed a large number of fake encounters carried out in the state between 2003 and 2009.
After being suspended, Herojit, in January 2016, made a startling revelation that he gunned down reformed militant Chungkham Sanjit inside a pharmacy on BT Road in Imphal after being instructed by a senior officer.
A commission, comprising of former Chief Election Commission J M Lyngdoh and retired IPS officer A K Singh, was earlier constituted to investigate the extrajudicial killings in Manipur. The commission noted that there had been a rampant misuse of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act or AFSPA. This act has failed to tackle insurgency, the commission noted. Further, it also noted that encounters being carried out were not genuine.