NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected spirited attempts by two PIL petitioners to get ex-DGP K L Gupta, a member of the Justice B S Chauhan Commission inquiring into the killing of eight policemen and the subsequent encounter killings of gangster Vikas Dubey and his four associates, replaced.
Two advocates-cum-PIL petitioners, Ghanshyam Upadhyay and Anoop Prakash Awasthi, read out portions of Gupta’s interview to various media organisations purportedly siding with the police action immediately after the July 10 encounter killing of Dubey while he was being brought by Special Task Force personnel from Ujjain to Kanpur.
They said the bias emerging from Gupta’s alleged statements, unabashedly justifying the police action, would influence the commission’s work and rob it of public trust. But solicitor general Tushar Mehta, appearing for the UP government, told the court that it was unfortunate that the petitioners chose to project only half the picture before the court by citing select portions of his interview.
The bench, which was initially sceptical of the ex-DGP’s statement as read out by the petitioners, was unhappy with the two advocates for presenting a one-sided picture before the court. After the SG showed the transcript of the full interview to the court, the CJI said, “What is not upright about Gupta? He has also said that the guilty will be punished after an inquiry. The man has taken a balanced view. Also, there is a former Supreme Court judge and an ex-high court judge in the commission. How can the commission’s findings be vitiated?”


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