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Friday, December 8, 2023

Apex court seeks report from Maharashtra Government in Palghar mob lynching case within four weeks

Refusing to stay the Palghar mob lynching investigation, Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Maharashtra government to file a report regarding the ongoing probe within four weeks. Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Ashok Bhushan held a video conference on Friday 1st May to hear a plea seeking SC court monitored SIT probe into the mob lynching incident.

Petitioner Shashank Shekar Jha, who has filed the plea through his counsel Rashi Bansal, has demanded constitution of a SC monitored SIT (Special Investigation Team) or a retired apex court judge headed judicial commission to deal with the case. The plea also seeks CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) intervention citing complicity of local police officers as was apparent from media reports. Alleging failure of police which allowed a huge crowd to gather despite lockdown being in enforcement, the petitioner has sought FIR (First Information Report) on concerned police officials for failing in their duty to prevent the tragedy and being mere mute spectators.

The plea pointed out that lockdown has been in effect since March 25 which disallows anyone to be outside his house and also enforces social distancing. These lockdown rules were blatantly violated in Palghar which raises several questions about the role of the local police in the incident. The plea has stated that there is a possibility of the incident being pre-planned where local police could be involved as well and hence has sought that the case be transferred to a fast court track in Delhi.

On the night of April 16th, two sadhus Kalpvriksh Giri Maharaj and Sushil Giri Maharaj along with their driver Nilesh Telgade were lynched to death by a mob at Palghar while they were on their way to Surat.

(Featured Image Source: Zee News)

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