Supreme Court to hear petition to decide if Hyderabad encounter of 4 rape accused was legal

Supreme Court to hear petition to decide if Hyderabad encounter of 4 rape accused was legal

A petition has been moved in the Supreme Court questioning the legality of the Hyderabad encounter in which Telangana Police gunned down four men accused in the gruesome rape-murder of a veterinarian doctor last month.

CJI SA Bobde has agreed to hear the urgent petition on Wednesday. This comes at a time when the Telangana High Court will be hearing the matter on Monday.

The Supreme Court will be hearing a PIL moved by petitioner GS Mani over the alleged "illegal" encounter in Hyderabad.

The Chief Justice told the petitioner that Telangana High Court has taken up the matter but also agreed to hear the urgent petition.

The Telangana high court had on Friday directed the state government  to preserve the bodies of four accused till 8 pm on Monday as the court will take up the matter for hearing.

The court had issued the directive after receiving a petition in the Office of the Chief Justice alleging that the encounter of the four rape-accused was extra-judicial killings.

All the four accused were gunned down by police on Friday morning at Chattanpalli when they were taken to the scene of crime near the culvert beneath of it where the charred remains of the 25-year-old woman veterinarian were found on November 28, to recover her phone, wrist-watch and others pertaining to the case.

The Cyberabad Police had said its personnel resorted to "retaliatory" firing after two of the accused opened fire at police after snatching their weapons besides attacking the latter with stones and sticks, resulting in injuries to two policemen.