Wednesday, June 27, 2012

SC stays probe against Verma

IPS officer Satish Verma, who was Porbandar SP in 1996-97, had moved the apex court against a recent high court order to probe two encounters and a custodial death 

    The apex court has stayed Gujarat High Court’s order to investigate two alleged encounters and a custodial death case that took place in 1996-97 in Porbandar district. Supreme Court’s Justice H L Gokhale and Justice Ranjana Desai on Monday issued an interim stay on Gujarat High Court’s order directing probe in Jasu Shiyal encounter case in Porbandar. Satish Verma, the then SP of Porbandar, had moved the apex court against the HC order.
    In April, Justice Anant Dave of the high court has asked additional director general of police (law and order) Shivanand Jha to conduct the probe and submit a report to the court within three months. The court has also ordered an inquiry into the earlier inquiry report that was reportedly untraceable.
    One Hiralal Shial had sought independent probe in these deaths. Shial’s brother Jasu Gagan Shial and one Aher Ranmal Ram were killed in police encounters, while Aher Narayan Jesti Bandhiya was found dead hanging on a tree beside a police station. The third person was on police remand, and cops claimed that he escaped custody and committed suicide.
    After the death of three persons in separate incidents, a group known as Action Committee for Prevention of Police Atrocities moved the High Court in 1997 and sought a CBI probe into the matter. It had alleged that the three persons were liquidated by police under stewardship of then Porbandar SP Satish Verma.
    Further the group had alleged that Verma used to resort to fake encounters to liquidate people after falsely implicating them as hard-core criminals.