- The status report did not appear to have the approval of the CBI’s director
- The court had on July 14 last year constituted the SIT comprising five CBI officers
New Delhi: The Supreme Court said that it was “not satisfied” with the progress made by the CBI’s SIT in the investigation into alleged extra-judicial killings and fake encounters by the Army, Assam Rifles and police in Manipur. The top court made the remarks on Monday after the special investigation team (SIT) apprised it that 42 cases have so far been registered on such killings.
A bench of Justices MB Lokur and UU Lalit also directed the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to depute three persons to associate with the SIT to carry out an investigation in 17 out of the 42 cases.
We are not satisfied by the progress made by the SIT, the bench said.
We make it clear that the association of the NHRC is for the time being in respect of these 17 cases, it added.
The bench expressed its displeasure that the status report did not appear to have the approval of the CBI’s director. The top court made it clear that the next status report of the SIT must have the approval of the CBI chief.
The apex court had on January 16 pulled up the CBI’s SIT for not registering the required number of FIRs as directed by it earlier, hearing a PIL seeking probe into as many as 1,528 cases of extra-judicial killings in Manipur.
The court had on July 14 last year constituted the SIT comprising five CBI officers and ordered registration of FIRs and probe into the alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur.
Human rights abuses in Manipur have been an ongoing issue. As per the Manipur natives, the Indian security forces have committed several human rights violations in the state while suppressing a separatist insurgency in the region. The insurgent groups have been known to kidnap and recruit children to work as child soldiers against the Indian government.