The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain an advocate's plea for a CBI probe into the serial killings of children at Nithari village in Noida on the ground that the matter was already being looked into by several agencies including the Uttar Pradesh Police.
"Don't you know NHRC is looking into the matter? Don't you know National Commission for Women is looking into the matter and police are also investigating it?" a Bench comprising Chief Justice YK Sabharwal and Justice CK Thakker asked Ravi Prakash Gupta, who wanted the court to treat newspaper reports as a PIL.
Gupta, a Supreme Court lawyer, mentioned the issue before the bench and requested it to order a CBI probe into it.
However, declining to take cognisance of the newspaper reports, the court said, "we know that it appeared in the press…"
The bench said it was not something to be mentioned when agencies like NHRC, NCW and the state police were already looking into it.
Chief Justice of India-designate KG Balakrishnan, who favoured a thorough probe into the killings of a large number of innocent children, too had on Tuesday ruled out taking suo motu cognisance of the matter, saying the case was at an initial stage.
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