SC directs CBI to file final reports on Manipur encounter cases

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The Supreme Court today directed the CBI to file the final reports in four cases of alleged fake encounters by the Army, Assam Rifles and the police in Manipur in the appropriate courts by 27th of July.

A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit issued the direction after the CBI’s Special Investigating Team (SIT) told the court that they have completed their probe in four cases and the final reports were in the process of being finalised.

The apex court also directed that two officers of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Bhardwaj and Deputy Superintendent of Police Ravi Singh, be made members of the SIT, which would probe the remaining encounter cases.

The court is hearing a PIL seeking a probe into as many as 1,528 cases of extra-judicial killings in Manipur. It had on 14th of July last year constituted SIT and ordered lodging of FIRs and probe into the cases of alleged extra-judicial killings in the state.

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