(Deepshikha Gautam, Intern Journalist) New Delhi: On the death of the policemen and the encounter of the accused including Vikas Dubey, the Supreme Court said that the UP government should take care that such encounters do not happen again. The Supreme Court has also approved the formation of a three-member committee to investigate these deaths. The state government has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of former Supreme Court Judge Dr. Balbir Singh Chauhan. During the hearing through video conference, the bench of Chief Justice S.A. Bobde said that the inquiry committee should start its work within 1 week and complete it within 2 months.

The inquiry committee headed by Justice Chauhan comprises former Allahabad High Court judge Shashikant Aggarwal and former Uttar Pradesh Director General of police KL Gupta. The bench directed the committee to provide secretarial assistance and said that assistance should be provided by NIA or any other central agency. The bench said that this inquiry committee will submit to the state government along with the Supreme Court.

Earlier, the state government informed the court that former Supreme Court Judge Dr. Chauhan agreed to be part of the committee set up to probe the case of encounter death of notorious criminal Vikas Dubey. The bench said that this committee will also investigate the incidents of the killing of 8 policemen and subsequent encounters in Bikaru village under Chaubepur Kanpur. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government, told the bench that the inquiry committee would also investigate the cases in which Vikas Dubey, facing 65 criminal cases, was released on bail.

Mehta read out the working conditions of this inquiry committee to the bench. To this, the bench remarked that we do not want to tie up the hands of the inquiry committee. It is not appropriate for the inquiry committee to have a working condition. The scope of the investigation of the inquiry committee should be broad. The Supreme Court was hearing the petitions in which Dubey and five of his alleged accomplices were killed.

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