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SC refuses to keep Justice Bedi's Gujarat fake shootouts' report confidential

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Wednesday directed that a copy of the Justice committee report on eight cases of fake shootouts in be furnished to the petitioner, noted Javed Akhtar, and refused to keep it confidential.

The court said a copy of the report is also to be given to the government.

Justice Bedi has reappreciated the evidence relating to eight shootouts that took place in between 2002 and 2006.

A bench of Ranjan Gogoi, Justice and Justice rejected the Gujarat government's plea that the report be kept confidential and away from the media gaze.

Justice Bedi, in response to a query from the court, said that in terms of the two orders of the top court in January and February 2012, he alone as the of the monitoring committee was to submit the report.

Accepting this response, Gogoi asked: "If Justice Bedi is authorised to give the report, which we think he is, how can a state can object it?"

At the last hearing, the had objected to the report, saying Justice Bedi has submitted it without consulting the members of the monitoring committee.

It also opposed Wednesday's hearing, saying that sharing of the report with the petitioners would cause prejudice.

Taking exception to the Gujarat government's stand, the court asked: "First you let the committee to work for six months, why do you now bring the case of prejudice?"

Making it clear that it was not treating the report as final, the bench said that the report would become effective only after "we accept it".



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 13:04 IST