On July 9, a Mumbai based lawyer seeking urgent listing of his plea which sought for protection for gangster Vikas Dubey who was caught in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh had been moved in the Supreme Court.
Ghanshyam Upadhyay had filed the petition and urged for the listing of his plea on Friday, July 10, stating that after Dubey’s aides were killing in “fake encounter” by the Uttar Pradesh Police, Vikas Dubey too is likely to face the same fate now that he is in Police custody.
Killing of an accused in police custody is in violation of rule of law, regardless of how heinous the crime committed by the accused is. This is also a serious violation of human rights and “nothing short of Talibanisation of the country”, Plea contended.
Since the Kanpur incident took place, Vikas Dubey had been on the run where eight police personnel were killed by the gangster. Dubey had fled from Kanpur, allegedly after being tipped off, and was reportedly spotted in Faridabad later. On July 9, Vikas Dubey surrendered before the Madhya Pradesh Police after allegedly revealing his identity to the security guard at Ujjain’s Mahakal Temple.
Dubey’s properties were razed down by the UP Policeand the gangster’s aides had been killed in Police encounters. A direction for the authorities to register an FIR against the Police officials for these actions was sought in the plea.
An independent probe in the “fake encounter” killings of the five aides of Dubey and the monitoring to be done by the Supreme Court was also sought by Upadhyay.
A direction for authorities to ensure that Dubey’s life is safeguarded and he is not killed by the Police was also sought. An urgent listing of the plea apprehending this action was sought lest it becomes infructuous. As the petition did not get listed before the Court today, Dubey was killed by the Uttar Pradesh Police saying that the gangster tried to escape.
The Supreme Court registry has been informed by the petitioner to be allowed to amend the prayer in his petition. The plea now seek a CBI monitored investigation into the death of all the accused.