The Uttar Pradesh government ordered a judicial probe into the recent Mathura violence hours after the Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to entertain a plea seeking a CBI probe into the incident.
Retired Allahabad high court judge Imtiyaz Murtaza will conduct the inquiry, an official spokesperson said.
The apex court’s vacation bench said it was up to the Uttar Pradesh government to approach the Centre for a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the violence that killed 29 people, including two police officers, while members of Swadheen Bharat Vidhik Satyagrahi were being evicted from a public park.
Lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay, who is also a spokesperson for the BJP’s Delhi unit, had moved the plea.
The SC said the petitioner had not pointed out whether the state government had not taken any steps after the incident last week or if the investigation was deficient.
The court also asked the petitioner’s lawyer if he had made any representation to the Uttar Pradesh government for a CBI probe.
The court said there were several steps that had to be taken before the petitioner’s lawyer approached the top court seeking direction for CBI probe into the Mathura violence.
The Bharatiya Janata Party had on Friday accused the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh of patronising goons and demanded a judicial inquiry into the violence.