Six Manipur encounters fake: SC panel

New Delhi, Apr 4 : The Supreme Court-appointed committee on Thursday told the apex court that six encounter cases in Manipur which it is investigating were fake.

The committee, which is comprised of former Supreme Court judge Santosh Hegde, said the victims did not have criminal records.

The apex court bench comprising of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai perused the committee's report.

Stating that appropriate directions will be passed on the basis of the committee's report on Apr 9, the bench said the panel's report showed the guidelines on encounters as laid down by the Supreme Court in connection to the Naga People's Movement case were not followed.

The apex court on Jan 4 decided to appoint the committee to probe six cases of alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur where a magisterial inquiry had doubted the genuineness of the encounters.

The committee was appointed on the basis of a Public-Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by an association of the alleged victims' families.

--IBNS (Posted on 04-04-2013)

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