Herald: Something ‘terribly wrong’ with SIT probe: SC
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Something ‘terribly wrong’ with SIT probe: SC

13 Feb 2018 05:48am IST
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13 Feb 2018 05:48am IST

PTI, NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today expressed its displeasure over the progress of CBI's SIT in probing alleged extra-judicial killings and fake encounters by the Army, Assam Rifles and police in Manipur and said something was "terribly wrong".

The apex court, which said it had given the probe to the CBI so the truth would come out, asked the National Human Rights Commission to depute three persons to associate with the Special Investigation Team to carry out investigations in 17 of the 42 cases lodged by the SIT.

The SIT told a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit that they have registered 42 cases and investigations were going on in accordance with the court's direction.

The bench, after going through the status report filed by the SIT, wondered how FIRs were registered against persons who were allegedly killed in fake encounters in Manipur.

"We wanted the CBI to investigate the matter so that you can find out the truth," the bench said.

"What kind of investigation is this?" it asked.

"We wanted something to be done expeditiously. We do not want you (SIT) to be in any inconvenience. All we want is to expedite the process," the bench told the SIT. 

CBI's DIG Sharad Aggarwal, who is in-charge of the SIT, said all these FIRs, lodged earlier by the Manipur police, have been re-registered by the probe team. 

"We are not satisfied by the progress made by the SIT," the bench said and asked Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for the SIT, why the status report did not have the CBI director's approval.

Singh, who initially told the bench that the status report was approved by the CBI director, said he would file an affidavit in this regard.

"Your next status report will have approval of the CBI director specifically," the bench said and posted the matter for further hearing on March 12.

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