SC Dismisses Batla House Shootout Probe Plea

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea seeking an independent judicial enquiry into the 2008 Batla House encounter that led to the killing of two suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives and a Delhi Police inspector in the Jamia Nagar area of the national capital.

A bench comprising Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan and Justices P Sathasivam and BS Chauhan dismissed the plea that the slain youths were innocent, saying “how can innocent people have arms and kill police”.

The plea was filed by the rights group Act Now for Harmony and Democracy (Anhad), to contest a Delhi High Court ruling that cleared the police of any wrongdoing in the shootout.

The High Court had accepted a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) report while giving a clean chit to the cops.

Rejecting aspersions cast over the gun-fight, the judges observed: “Thousands of policemen are killed in this country while fighting terrorists and criminals” and added that the probe would cause them unnecessary harassment.

Delhi Police’s officer MC Sharma was killed during the encounter that took place less than a week after serial blasts rocked New Delhi on September 13, 2008.

The two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists killed in the shootout included Atif Amin, who is believed to have led the team behind the bombings that killed 26.

(Based on Media Reports)

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