SC summons CBI director over delay in Manipur fake encounter cases

SC summons CBI director over delay in Manipur fake encounter cases

Courtesy : NEWS JUNCTION29/07/2018 09:17

The Supreme Court has summoned Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma over the delay in alleged Manipur fake encounter cases probe.
A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur yesterday summoned CBI director to personally appear before it on July 30. The apex court yesterday slammed the CBI's Special Investigating Team (SIT) for taking "unduly long time" in probing the cases of alleged extra-judicial killings and fake encounters by the Army, Assam Rifles and the police in Manipur.
"Tell your people to quit if they cannot do this job. If they cannot do it, tell them to quit," the court told Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh, appearing for the SIT.
Terming the SIT probe as "snakes and ladders", a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit expressed dissatisfaction over the progress made so far and said it would like to know from the CBI Director what steps must be taken to ensure that the investigation into the cases are completed early and final reports filed "as expeditiously as possible".
The bench was irked when it got to know that final reports in four cases which were to be filed by yesterday had not yet been filed and questioned the "lengthy process" of granting approval by the CBI's competent authority.
The bench observed that it would direct that all the concerned officials of CBI, who are involved in the process of scrutiny and grant of approval on the final report, to sit together and finish the job in a single day.
The court also gave seven days to the SIT to file seven final reports in these cases. "You sit for next seven days. We do not want to hear any excuses," the bench said.

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