The UP Government set up SIT to dig deep into the controversial killing of the gangster Vikas Dubey. However, one of the members of SIT has himself been charge-sheeted for the crime of killing an innocent man in a fake encounter 13 years ago, reported The Wire.
The charge-sheeted officer is DIG J. Ravinder Goud.
The Wire reported the issue after it got highlighted in a local afternoon daily, 4 PM. 4 PM editor Sanjay Sharma told The Wire as reported that when he learnt about the SIT, he got reminded of Goud’s charge-sheet in the fake encounter of Mukul Gupta. The editor was following the Mukul Gupta’s fake encounter.
I.B. Singh, a senior advocate of the high court said, “It is really shocking to find that someone who is tainted with a fake encounter has been asked to probe what is widely seen as another fake encounter”, The Wire reported.
Moreover, the inclusion of the head of the SIT member, Bhoosreddy, widely known for his integrity contradicts the charge-sheeted SIT member. SIT has been asked to submit its report by July 31.
Mukul Gupta was a young medicine trader. He was fake encountered by a 2005 batch IPS officer, Goud, who was just an assistant superintendent of police then. On June 30, 2007, in Bareilly the fake encounter took place.
Gupta, a young man in his twenties, was gunned down by trigger-happy policemen, who tried to justify their actions by describing him as a “mafia don” who was “wanted” in connection with major crimes, reported The Wire.
The Allahabad High Court accepted Gupta’s elder father plea who decided to fight for his innocent son. After the CBI probe into the matter, 10 policemen were charge-sheeted which also included Goud. After years of perseverance, the father and mother of the deceased had the satisfaction of proving the police wrong. However, Goud was not prosecuted as the state government chose to sit over his file and not grant sanction for the case against him to proceed.