Probe needed in Nithari killings: Balakrishnan
CJI says there should be a thorough probe into the serial killing of children, reports Satya Prakash and Srinand Jha.Updated: Jan 02, 2007 22:00 IST
Chief Justice of India-designate KG Balakrishnan on Tuesday said there should be a thorough probe into the serial killing of children in Nithari village in Noida even as the National Human Rights Commission sought a "factual report" in the matter from the authorities in two weeks.
"Police should thoroughly investigate the matter and find who all are involved in this crime and make investigation report, question people, take medical evidence and all that is required. Police should also take statement from witnesses," Balakrishnan, whose appointment as CJI was formally notified on Tuesday, said in an interacion with journalists.
He, however, ruled out any suo motu action in the matter saying, "This case is only at initial stage, no court can take any action." The CJI said any body would be shocked by the gruesome act.
Meanwhile, the NHRC has sought a factual report from the state administration about the sexual abuse and murder of children within two weeks and said that the officials found responsible for prolonged negligence should be "sacked forthwith."
Taking suo motu cognisance of reports in the media, the NHRC sent out notices to the chief secretary and DGP of Uttar Pradesh seeking an explanation in the matter.
Intervening in the matter, the National Commission for Women too has written to the state chief minister seeking an Action Taken Report in the matter.
The NCW, which had investigated the disappearance of children from Nithari village in September last year, had then asked the state government to take immediate action to trace the missing children.
"Had the police seriously taken cognisance of the case after our report on the same, so many deaths could have been averted," NCW Chairperson Girija Vyas said.
First Published: Jan 02, 2007 20:45 IST