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SC seeks report on 62 �fake� encounters

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NEW DELHI, July 13 - The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to Manipur Government, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Government of India seeking a status report on the 62 cases of alleged fake encounters in Manipur during 2005-2006.

A Division Bench of the apex Court comprising Justice MB Lokur and Justice UU Lalit was hearing a petition filed by Extra Judicial Execution Victims Forum of Manipur.

The Supreme Court further ordered the status report be submitted to the Amicus Curie by July 27. The matter would be heard next on August 3.

The Supreme Court had appointed a commission comprising former apex court Judge Santosh Hegde, former CEC JM Lyngdoh and former DGP Karnataka, Ajay Kumar Singh to hold an inquiry into the fake encounter killings in Manipur.

An association of the families of the alleged victims, pleaded with the apex court to set up a special investigation team and direct inquiry into around 1,528 such cases.

The association said in all, over 2,000 odd extra-judicial killings have taken place in the State, but no one has been held guilty till date. It alleged that innocent people with no criminal records have been killed by security forces and no proper investigation has been done in such cases.

The Supreme Court-appointed high-power commission, headed by the retired SC Judge Santosh Hegde, probing six cases of alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur, has found that these were not genuine encounters and the victims did not have any criminal records.

The Centre on April 9, 2013, submitted before the Supreme Court that findings of the apex court appointed committee�s report on extra judicial killings in Manipur are being examined at highest level.

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SC seeks report on 62 �fake� encounters

NEW DELHI, July 13 - The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to Manipur Government, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Government of India seeking a status report on the 62 cases of alleged fake encounters in Manipur during 2005-2006.

A Division Bench of the apex Court comprising Justice MB Lokur and Justice UU Lalit was hearing a petition filed by Extra Judicial Execution Victims Forum of Manipur.

The Supreme Court further ordered the status report be submitted to the Amicus Curie by July 27. The matter would be heard next on August 3.

The Supreme Court had appointed a commission comprising former apex court Judge Santosh Hegde, former CEC JM Lyngdoh and former DGP Karnataka, Ajay Kumar Singh to hold an inquiry into the fake encounter killings in Manipur.

An association of the families of the alleged victims, pleaded with the apex court to set up a special investigation team and direct inquiry into around 1,528 such cases.

The association said in all, over 2,000 odd extra-judicial killings have taken place in the State, but no one has been held guilty till date. It alleged that innocent people with no criminal records have been killed by security forces and no proper investigation has been done in such cases.

The Supreme Court-appointed high-power commission, headed by the retired SC Judge Santosh Hegde, probing six cases of alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur, has found that these were not genuine encounters and the victims did not have any criminal records.

The Centre on April 9, 2013, submitted before the Supreme Court that findings of the apex court appointed committee�s report on extra judicial killings in Manipur are being examined at highest level.