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Manipur 'extra-judicial killings': SC not satisfied with probe by CBI’s SIT

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The Supreme Court on Monday said 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, the Assam Rifles and the police in Manipur.

The court made the remarks after the SIT apprised it that 42 cases have so far been registered on such killings.

A Bench, comprising Justices M.B. Lokur and U.U. Lalit, also directed the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to depute three persons to associate with the SIT to carry out 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.

Report filed by SIT did not have CBI chief's approval

The Bench also expressed its displeasure over the status report filed by the SIT did not appear to have the approval of the CBI Director.

The court made it clear that the next status report of the SIT must have the approval of the CBI chief.

The court posted the matter for further hearing on March 12.

On January 16, the court pulled up the SIT for not registering the required number of FIRs as directed by it earlier.

The court is hearing a PIL petition seeking a probe into as many as 1,528 cases of extra-judicial killings in Manipur.

On July 4 last year, the court constituted the SIT, comprising five CBI officers, and ordered the registration of FIRs and probe into the alleged extra-judicial killings.

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