New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday rejected a plea seeking the recusal of two judges hearing the case on fake encounters in Manipur. The plea was filed by serving army officers and personnel from Manipur police seeking the recusal of Justices Madan B Lokur and UU Lalit from hearing the case for making comments prejudicial to the accused in the case.
The plea mentioned certain remarks used by the bench of Justices Lokur and Lalit while hearing the fake encounter case. The remarks contained words such as “murderers” which the police and army personnel felt prejudicial. The SC, however, turned down the plea to recuse Justices Lokur and Lalit from the case.
The Centre, represented by Attorney General KK Venugopal, had supported the plea of army and police personnel quoting that the remarks made by the bench had completely shaken the morale of the police and the armed forces.
The ongoing hearing against fake encounter case relates to a PIL that was filed demanding a probe into almost 1,528 instances of extra-judicial killings in Manipur. The court had ordered the lodging of FIRs in 81 cases, out of which compensation was awarded to families of victims in 11 cases.