New Delhi, July 14: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered CBI probe into 62 encounter killing in Manipur, allegedly by police, army and other security agencies. The Supreme Court also asked the CBI to submit a compliance report of investigation into 62 alleged extrajudicial killings in Manipur by January 28. The apex court’s order comes as a blow to Army, which had said there was no need for further investigation as it had conducted probe into nearly 30 of the 62 encounter cases. However, the Supreme Court said 62 incidents involving suspected use of excessive and retaliatory force by the Army or police in Manipur will be investigated by the CBI.
The Extra Judicial Execution Victims Families Association, a human rights organization, sought a probe by the CBI or a special investigation team into 1,528 alleged extra-judicial killings by the Army and other security forces during 2010-12 in Manipur. After consulting the petitioner, the Supreme Court had selected 62 among the 1,528 cases and granted four weeks’ time to the amicus curiae (a court-appointed legal expert to advise on the case), Maneka Guruswamy, to submit details.
Supreme Court had earlier refused to exempt Army personnel from being named in FIRs relating to encounter killings in areas under the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.