Vikas Dubey encounter: retired SC judge BS Chauhan to head inquiry commission
The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, approved the appointment of retired Justice BS Chauhan as the head of the inquiry commission to probe the encounter of gangster Vikas Dubey. The apex court has asked the commission to submit its report within two months.
Retired Supreme Court judge BS Chauhan has been appointed as the chairman of the three-member inquiry commission on the killing of eight policemen and the subsequent encounter killings of gangster Vikas Dubey and five of his alleged associates. The apex court, on Wednesday, approved the Uttar Pradesh government's draft notification for appointing Justice Chauhan as the chairman of the commission.
A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde directed that the inquiry commission should start functioning within a week and asked it to complete the probe within two months.
The other two members of the inquiry commission are former high court judge, Shashi Kant Agarwal and retired UP Director General of Police (DGP), K L Gupta.
The SC directed the Centre to provide secretarial assistance to the inquiry commission either through the National Investigation Agency (NIA) or any other central agency.
The inquiry commission has been asked to submit its report to the apex court as well as the state government under the Commission of Inquiry Act.
The bench said the top court is not in favour of “tying the hands” of the commission and it will not be wise to have a term of reference for it. It said the commission will have to inquire into the incidents of killing of eight policemen and the subsequent encounter killings of Dubey and his alleged associates.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Uttar Pradesh, informed the bench that Justice (retd) Chauhan has given his consent to be a part of the inquiry commission. Mehta told the bench that the commission would also probe the circumstances under which Dubey, who was facing 65 FIRs, was released on bail.
The apex court was hearing a batch of petitions which sought a court-monitored probe into the encounters of Dubey and five of his alleged associates.
On July 10, Dubey was killed in an encounter when a police vehicle carrying him from Ujjain to Kanpur met with an accident and he allegedly tried to escape from the spot. Notably, prior to Dubey's encounter, five of his alleged associates were killed in separate encounters.
Meanwhile, the UP government also constituted a 3-member SIT headed by UP additional chief secretary Sanjay Bhoosreddy on July 11, to look into the crimes committed by the dreaded gangster and the alleged collusion between Dubey, police and politicians, the affidavit said.