In the Supreme Court today (Tuesday), Vikas will hear petitions seeking the investigation into Dubey’s encounter death, one of which was filed an hour before Vikas was shot near Kanpur. Human rights organization PUCL has also filed a petition in this regard. The petition, filed through e-mail on the morning of July 11, sought to issue directions to ensure that Dubey, who was arrested in Madhya Pradesh on the morning of July 10, could not be killed by police in a fake encounter.
Chief Justice S.A. The three-judge bench headed by Bobde is also considering the demand that the CBI be supervised by the CBI to investigate the murder of five of Dubey’s associates in the alleged encounter. Eight policemen, including DSP Devendra Mishra, were ambushed in Bikaru village of Chaubepur area of Kanpur when they were on their way to arrest Dubey. The attackers killed these policemen by firing bullets from the roofs at midnight on 3 July.
Dubey was killed in a police encounter on the morning of 10 July, when a police car carrying him from Ujjain to Kanpur crashed and Dubey tried to escape. Prior to Dubey’s encounter, five of his companions were killed in separate encounters. Advocate Ghanshyam Upadhyay, who had filed a petition before Dubey was killed, sought directions from the Uttar Pradesh government and police for the safety of the gangster. Later, another plea was filed by Anoop Prakash Awasthi, a Delhi-based lawyer, who has sought court monitoring from the CBI or NIA investigating the nexus of the police-criminal-politician in the murder of 8 police personnel in Uttar Pradesh.
Upadhyay, Awasthi, and another petition related to the case will be heard by a CJI-led bench on Tuesday in the apex court. Apart from these petitions, the police officer has filed a petition in the apex court, seeking his protection, alleging that he had conveyed the intelligence of the police team that had gone to capture Dubey. He has been suspended on this charge and is fearing to be killed in an encounter by the police. The petition filed through his wife Vinita Sirohi stated that her husband Krishna Kumar Sharma could be killed by “illegal and unconstitutional methods”.