Ground Report | New Delhi: Student killed in fake encounter; The Supreme Court has imposed a fine of Rs 7 lakh on the Uttar Pradesh government in connection with the killing of a student named Pradeep in a fake encounter 19 years ago in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh. The Supreme Court said that the Uttar Pradesh Police is protecting the accused officers.
Student killed in fake encounter
In the year 2002, Secunderabad police of Bulandshahr had killed Pradeep, a B.Tech student, in an encounter after calling him a robber. 3 policemen have gone to jail in this case. October 20 has been fixed for further hearing of the matter.
The Supreme Court said in its order that it is a very serious matter that the victim has to wander from door to door for justice for 19 years. The court said that the closure report filed in the case in 2002 is only in favor of the guilty policemen.
SC Slams UP Govt
The Supreme Court held that the orders of the trial court were also violated continuously in the case and the accused policemen were neither arrested nor their salaries withheld for a long time, which was clear in the order of the trial court.
Terming the matter as “very serious” and setting aside the routine technical judicial norm of asking the petitioner to approach the concerned High Court, the bench observed, “The father of the victim, who was killed by the police in an alleged encounter, is running from the pillar.” Post from the last 19 years. Unfortunately, the way the state has progressed, the father of the petitioner has been compelled to file this writ petition under Article 32 of the Constitution of India.
Normally, we would have directly filed petitions in this. Courts are slow to consider but in the exceptional circumstances of this case, we have considered this petition to ensure justice to the petitioner, which has been denied for almost two decades.”
The record told an exciting story of how a powerful police force can dismantle the rule of law in the country. UP Police filed a closure report in favor of the accused. But, the trial court rejected it on 3 January 2005. Despite the closure report being rejected, no steps were taken to arrest the accused policemen for the next nine months despite it being a case of murder.
criminals face trial
The dismissal of the petitions of the accused persons by the Allahabad HC in 2017 also did not awaken the authorities to expedite the case by arresting and prosecuting the accused persons. Tired of the lethargy shown by the authorities to make the criminals face trial, the trial court in 2018 directed the UP government to withhold the salaries of the accused policemen.
The order was also flouted and the salary of the accused policemen was not stopped except one. The trial court reiterated its order of withholding the salary of the accused on April 2, 2019, which was not complied with by the petitioner’s counsel Divyesh Pratap Singh.
The victim’s father approached the Supreme Court and a notice was issued on her plea that the state had woken up from its deep sleep and to arrest the two accused policemen in September 2021, 19 years after the incident, another accused called her. Surrendered in fear of anger. scheduled caste. But, the Supreme Court was told that the fourth accused policeman is still absconding.