SC forms commission headed by former judge to probe Hyderabad encounter

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The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a judicial inquiry in alleged encounter of four rape accused by Cyberabad police. Retired SC judge VS Sirpurkar will be heading the three-member panel which will investigate the encounter. The commission will sit in Hyderabad and investigation has to be completed within six months, the court directed.

Other members of the investigation team include former Bombay High Court judge Rekha Prakash Baldota and former CBI chief Kartikeyan. The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde was hearing two public interest litigations seeking an independent probe into the deaths of the four accused in the Hyderabad veterinarian gangrape and murder case last week.

The apex court also stayed proceedings of other probes into the encounter, including the petition before Telangana High Court and the probe by National Human Rights Commission, until the three-member commission completes its investigation.

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