High Court notice to NHRC

Source: http://www.hindu.com
Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday issued a notice to the National Human Rights Commission impleading it in a petition by two non-government organisations seeking a judicial inquiry into the Batla House encounter following the serial blasts in the Capital last year.

A Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice A.P. Shah and Justice Sanjiv Khanna impleaded the NHRC in the petition when counsel for the petitioners submitted that it had been more than four months but nothing had been done by the Commission so far as a magisterial inquiry into the encounter was concerned.

Probe refused
The Court had earlier refused to order a judicial inquiry into the encounter as pleaded by the petition saying that the Commission was seized of the matter.

Counsel for the petitioners quoted the city police as saying that they had submitted a status report on the encounter but the Commission's website showed no action had been taken in the matter.

The Court asked the Commission to inform it of the status about its action on the encounter by February 11.

Meanwhile, a newsmagazine published from the Capital informed the Court that it would file a reply to the petitioners' allegation that the police had leaked out statements of the accused in the serial blasts case to the magazine for publication in violation of the laws.

The petitioner's other pleas include initiation of contempt of court proceedings against police officers responsible for the alleged leak-out and the newsmagazine for publishing the statements.