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No clean chit yet for shootout: NHRC

delhi Updated: Oct 17, 2008 01:02 IST
Satya Prakash

A day after the Delhi Police termed the “fake encounter” allegations as baseless and said the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was “satisfied” with it, the rights body said it was still waiting for the police report on the Batla House incident.

“In some sections of the media, a news has appeared giving the impression that the NHRC has given a clean chit to the Delhi Police in the Batla House incident,” the rights body said in a statement. “In this connection, on the basis of a complaint received in NHRC, a report has been called from the Delhi Police, which is awaited. A view will be taken, by the NHRC, after receipt of the report.”

In its report submitted to the Delhi High Court on Wednesday, Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Karnail Singh had slammed the report by a fact-finding team of activists, which termed the September 19 encounter as “fake”.

“The so-called fact finding reports have no veracity and bearing as whenever any death by encounter takes place, the report is sent to the National Human Rights Commission,” the police had said.

The NHRC’s refusal to recommend any action against the police officers involved in the encounter was testimony to the fact that the commission was “satisfied”, they added.

The commission, which had issued notice to the police on September 24 on a complaint filed by an NGO, Real Cause, said it would take a final view on the issue only after receiving the Delhi Police report.

The report was filed in response to a public interest litigation filed by NGO People’s Union for Democratic Rights, seeking a probe into the encounter that took place after the recent serial blasts. The activists alleged that the arrested men were being deprived of their constitutional rights.

“Investigation (of the blasts) of an offence have to be conducted by police and it is well settled law as laid down by Supreme Court and Delhi High Court that no one can interfere in the investigation much less a private organisation like petitioner,” the report said.

A Delhi Police statement late on Thursday claimed the petition did not refer to the Batla House encounter. “...A petition filed by Prashant Bhushan, has mentioned about Millennium Park encounter on 30 August 2003 and Humayun Tomb’s encounter on June 9, 2002... The affidavit filed in reply to a petition on behalf of Delhi Police states that reports in these two cases have already been sent to NHRC,” said Rajan Bhagat, spokesman, Delhi Police.