The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed retired SC justice VS Sirpurkar to head a judicial inquiry into the contents of the affidavit filed alleging a conspiracy in the encounter of four accused in the rape and murder case of Hyderabad vet Disha. The Supreme Court was hearing a PIL alleging that the encounter was fake and sought a probe against concerned police officials. On Thursday, the Apex Court has appointed a three-judge bench comprising Retired Judge VS Sirpurkar, Bombay High Court Retired Judge Rekha Baldota and former CBI Director Karthikeyan that would take up the enquiry over the encounter. The appointed committee needs to submit the reports on the investigation within 6 months of time.
GS Mani and Pradeep Kumar Yadav, and advocate ML Sharma had filed separate PILs in the Supreme Court. The seven-member team of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has also completed its investigation. On December 6, the police killed all the four accused in Chatanpally village, close to the spot where Disha’s body was found. Police claim that they took the accused for crime reconstruction and witness collection.