SC asks ex-judge about report on Charges Over Fake Gujarat encounters

NEW DELHI: Supreme Court on Wednesday sought “clarity” from retired Justice HS Bedi, to “communicate his views as expeditiously as possible” on the allegation of 24 alleged fake encounters during the tenure of Narendra Modi as Chief Minister of Gujarat. 

Former apex court judge Justice H S Bedi was appointed chairman of the monitoring committee probing 24 encounter cases from 2002 to 2006 in Gujarat by the Supreme Court. Justice Bedi was requested by the court to take over as the monitoring authority’s chairperson in 2012 when another apex court judge, Justice M.B. Shah, declined the assignment.

The court asked Justice Bedi to file his response “as expeditiously as possible” so that the case could be taken up again after the reopening of the court in January following the winter break.  A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, was hearing a plea to make the report public. 

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