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SC Trashes Gujarat Plea on Fake Encounters

The Gujarat government had filed a petition seeking to constitute a common special task force to probe all alleged fake encounters across the country in the past 10 years.

Published: 09th May 2014 08:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th May 2014 08:49 AM   |  A+A-

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The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed Gujarat Government’s petition, seeking to constitute a common special task force to probe all alleged fake encounters across the country in the past 10 years.

The apex court said the plea for a uniform policy in this regard was not tenable and rejected the state government’s demand. 

The court observed that it was not possible to issue such blanket directions under the Constitutional provisions and also cited vehement opposition to the prayer from other states.

As none of the states supported the proposition of Gujarat government, the court said: “This is a sensitive matter and it has to be within Constitutional parameters.”

With Gujarat finding no takers for its plea, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) told the court that their guidelines, which are recommendatory in nature, were in place  but the states were not following them. The court, however, said the NHRC, and not the Gujart government, should have moved the court for non-compliance of its guidelines.

The apex court had earlier sought the stands of the Centre and all state governments on the Gujarat government’s plea.



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