UP Encounters: Supreme Court issues notice Yogi Adityanath Govt

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Yogi Adityanath, File Photo

New Delhi, Jan 14: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government on a PIL seeking a court-monitored CBI or SIT probe into recent encounter killings in the state.

While considering petitions filed by Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), the bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi said: ” it’s a very serious matter which requires a detailed hearing”.

The Court fixed Feburary 12 for the further hearing in the matter.

As per the information released by Uttar Pradesh Police last year in January, there were a total of 1142 police encounter held in the state between March 20, 2017, and January 31, 2018.

Recently, Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav lashed out at the ruling government and said most of the encounters happening in the state are fake, its not the opposition which is saying this but the National Human Rights Commission.

Earlier on allegations of fake encounters against the Uttar Pradesh police, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notices to the UP chief secretary and the police chief.

The NHRC had observed that the cops were misusing their power and gunning down alleged criminals in a bid to curb crime and even reportedly “using their privileges to settle scores”.

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