SC Seeks to be Appraised of Cops' Activities During Palgarh Lynching

By: Sashwata Saha
10 Aug 2020 Class of 2020, Kolkata

The Supreme Court on Thursday(August 6) directed the Maharashtra government to file copies of charge sheets of the alleged lynching of three people, including two seers at Palgarh district and asked to be apprised about the status of inquiry on the role of errant police personnel in the case.


A bench headed by Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy is in charge of the inquiry. "A further affidavit dated July 29, 2020, has been filed by the State of Maharashtra which mentions in paragraph 3 that two charge sheets have been filed in July 2020. Let the State bring the charge sheets on record," the bench said.


It also said, "It has further been stated that a departmental enquiry against the police personnel was ordered and show-cause notices have been issued. Let details of the enquiry, including the action taken against the police personnel as well as enquiry report, are also brought on the record."


Advocate Shashank Shekhar Jha said to the press that unless the Centre looks into the matter, seers will continue to be killed in Maharashtra and NIA should investigate the matter. He said, “The incident happened in April and now it's August, but still no action has been taken against any policeman.”


The three victims from Kandivali, Mumbai, were travelling in a car to attend a funeral at Surat in Gujarat amid the COVID-19 nationwide lockdown when their vehicle was halted and they were attacked and killed by a mob in Gadchinchile village on the night of April 16 in the presence of police.


The victims had been identified as Chikne Maharaj Kalpavrukshagiri, 70, Sushil Giri Maharaj, 35, and Nilesh Telgade, 30, the driver.


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