Supreme Court dismisses plea for CBI probe in Mathura violence

| Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 12:53
First Published |
Mathura violence plea: Supreme Court refuses to step in

New Delhi: The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, refused to entertain the petition seeking a CBI probe in the recent violent clashes in Mathura. 
Two senior police officers and more than 20 civilians lost their lives in the massacre when armed men of Swadheen Bharat sect, resisted the attempts by police to remove them from the Jawahar Bagh area.
A vacation bench of justices P. C. Ghose and Amitava Roy had on Monday listed the matter, filed by lawyer and Delhi BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay.
The petitioner's advocate sought an urgent hearing saying the CBI probe is crucial, considering the gravity of the violence. The petitioner had earlier said, the court may also take suo motu cognizance of the matter and direct the CBI enquiry, as it is necessary to find out the truth.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had earlier asked the Uttar Pradesh Government to call for a CBI investigation into the incident.

SC observations:
1) The apex court cannot interfere unless there is a proof that investigations are not being conducted properly.
2) There needs to be proof that the conduct of state govt has resulted in lack of confidence of the public; for the SC to intervene in the matter.
The Supreme Court gives petitioners the liberty to move the High Court. The matter is presently pending at the Allahabad High Court


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