“Encounter an offence against entire society”, PUCL moves Supreme Court seeking SIT investigation

    People’s Union of Civil Liberties(PUCL) has filed an application expressing concern over dilution of the “rule of law” in light of vague Vikas Dubey encounter incident.

    The application seeks a probe monitored by Special Investigation Team(SIT) in the encounter killings of Kanpur gangster and his aides Amar Dubey and Prabhat Mishra.

    The criminal writ petition has been filed by PUCL along with already pending Public Interest Litigation(PIL), 2018. The plea seeks CBI/SIT inquiry for the extra-judicial killings in question which had taken place in Uttar Pradesh over the past few years.

    The urgent application states that “encounter is a serious crime and is an offence against the entire society”. The petitioner said that the police version of the encounter raises many serious questions, particularly whether they are simple “administrative liquidations”.

    The application cites the landmark judgement of PUCL v. Union of India, which had brought out the acts of extra judicial killings taking place in the state of Manipur. An enquiry was conducted by SIT and alleged police officers were exposed.

    Dubey was arrested from Ujjain, MP and was brought to Kanpur, UP. Allegedly he tried to run away, when the police car met with an accident and thereafter was shot dead by the police.

    Petitioner prays before the court to form a committee headed by a retired Supreme Court judge to inquire into the encounters that have been taking place in the State of Uttar Pradesh and the criminal political nexus in the state.

    Two letter petition has also been sent to the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, demanding SIT inquiry into the incident.