Supreme Court Rejects Plea by Gangster’s Wife for Interim Relief in UP Court Shooting Case”
9 June, 2023 | Bhavnish Tawar
The Supreme Court recently declined to provide interim relief on the plea filed by the wife of a gangster who was shot dead in a court in Uttar Pradesh.
The Supreme Court recently declined to provide interim relief on the plea filed by the wife of a gangster who was shot dead in a court in Uttar Pradesh. The petition was filed by the wife of Jitendra Yadav, also known as Jeetu Fauji, who was killed in a courtroom in the Baghpat district in February 2021.
The petitioner had approached the Supreme Court seeking an independent probe into her husband’s killing and requested protection for her family. The plea also sought the transfer of the investigation from the Uttar Pradesh police to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
However, the Supreme Court bench, comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hemant Gupta, refused to grant any interim relief to the petitioner. The bar noted that the Allahabad High Court was already monitoring the investigation and that the petitioner could approach the High Court if she had any grievances.
The bench also observed that the petitioner had not made any specific allegations against the Uttar Pradesh police and that the state police should be allowed to investigate the matter. The bench, therefore, directed the Uttar Pradesh police to provide adequate security to the petitioner and her family.
The killing of Jeetu Fauji sparked widespread outrage and raised questions about the security arrangements in Indian courts. The incident occurred in broad daylight when Jeetu Fauji was being produced in court for a hearing. Two assailants had opened fire at him, killing him on the spot. The police had arrested four people in connection with the killing, including the main accused, Shubham Singh.
The case is still under investigation, and whether the petitioner will approach the Allahabad High Court for relief remains to be seen. In the meantime, the Supreme Court’s decision to refuse interim relief has left the petitioner and her family uncertain and anxious.