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SC grants 6 months to inquiry panel on encounter killings of accused in Hyderabad rape, murder case

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 3

The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave six more months to Justice (Retd) VS Sirpurkar-led panel to conclude an inquiry into the encounter killing of four men accused of gang-raping and killing a veterinarian in Hyderabad in November 2019.

“Why is this matter going on and on?” a Bench led by CJI NV Ramana asked the panel’s lawyer. It asked the panel—which has been given several extensions—to submit its final report within this extended period.

The Bench pointed out that a similar panel set up to inquire into the encounter killing of gangster Vikas Dubey in Uttar Pradesh had already submitted its report.

The Supreme Court had on December 12, 2019, appointed a three-member panel headed by former top court judge VS Sirpurkar to probe into the killing of four men accused of raping and murdering a veterinarian in Hyderabad by Telangana Police in an alleged fake encounter.

The other two members of the panel are former Bombay High Court judge Rekha Prakash Baldota and former CBI chief DR Kartikeyan.

An objective investigation was necessary as people had the right to know the truth, the top court had said.

On November 27, 2019, the veterinarian was raped around midnight near Outer Ring Road at Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad. They later carried the body to Chatanpally near Shadnagar town and set her afire.

Police arrested lorry drivers Mohammed Pasha alias Arif (26), Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu and lorry cleaners Jollu Shiva and Jollu Naveen (all aged 20) two days after the incident.

Police claimed the accused attacked policemen when taken to Chatanpally to recover the victim’s mobile phone and reconstruct the crime scene. Two of the accused allegedly snatched weapons from policemen and opened fire. All four were killed after police returned the fire, police said.

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