Batla encounter: Clean chit to Delhi police challenged

Last Updated: Friday, September 18, 2009 - 20:48

New Delhi: A petition was filed today in
the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court`s order giving
a clean chit to the city police in the controversial Batla
House encounter case in which two suspected terrorists and a
police officer were killed.

The petition filed by an NGO `Act Now For Harmony and
Democracy` submitted that the High Court has erred in
accepting the findings of NHRC which had refuted the
allegation that it was a fake encounter.

It pleaded that the High Court did not go into the
merit of the case and only relied on the finding of the
Commission`s report on the ground that it is a statutory body
whose report cannot be questioned.

The petitioner argued an independent judicial inquiry
is required in the case as serious doubts were raised by
different groups of civil society on the conduct of the
police officials in the encounter.

It also contended that NHRC has failed to conduct a
proper inquiry in the case as its officials did not visit the
site of the encounter and only made a report by accepting the
police version.

For another resident Kamruddin, the "issue has not died".

"We have lost our boys. It is in our minds and we are not
going to forget it. We cannot forget this trauma very easily,"
he said.

Jamia Teachers` Solidarity Association has also echoed
the sentiments of locals demanding a judicial probe into the
encounter and speedy justice for the accused.

"Government is responsible for delivering justice to
people. But in Batla case, it seems to be otherwise. We demand
a judicial probe as justice is being denied," said Manisha
Sethy, a representative of the association.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court order giving a clean chit
to the police in Batla House encounter case has been
challenged in the Supreme Court by an NGO `Act Now For Harmony
and Democracy`.

It claimed that the High Court has erred in accepting the
findings of NHRC which had dismissed the allegations that it
was a "fake" encounter.

The NGO pleaded that the High Court did not go into the
merits of the case and only relied on the Commission`s report
on the ground that it is a statutory body whose findings
cannot be questioned.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, September 18, 2009 - 20:48

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