• Police officers trapped in fake encounter cases in Punjab will be punished. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed the petition challenging the CBI case. The CBI had registered an FIR in Jammu and Kashmir on the orders of the Supreme Court.

The Punjab-Haryana High Court has dismissed the petition of various police officers against the case registered on the orders of the Supreme Court in the fake encounter case in Punjab. Now the cases in which the trial stayed while the petition was pending in the High Court, they will start hearing again. In such a situation, a large number of officers are sure to be punished.

The case registered in Jammu and Kashmir regarding fake encounters in Punjab was challenged by the CBI through various petitions filed in the High Court. It was told in the petition that the CBI court in Patiala had rejected his application, in which it was said that the case should be registered in Jammu and Kashmir.

The petition said that the cases are from Punjab, while the CBI has registered the case in Jammu and Kashmir. In such a situation, it does not come under the jurisdiction of J&K CBI. It was also argued that if the case is registered in Jammu and Kashmir, then how can the CBI court in Patiala hear it.

In the applications, an appeal was made to quash the chart sheet and to close the case. The CBI court had rejected all these applications outright and upheld the action of the CBI. All the police officers had filed a petition in the High Court against this decision. Dismissing the petition, the High Court said that there are some special wings of the CBI, whose jurisdiction is the whole country. In such a situation, it is wrong to say that the CBI has filed an FIR outside its jurisdiction.

This was the case
After a large number of unclaimed bodies were cremated by the Punjab Police, the Supreme Court on 15 November 1995 ordered a preliminary inquiry by the CBI. After preliminary inquiry as ordered, FIR was registered in 1997, and challan was presented in 1999. Since then, trials in these cases have been pending for various reasons.


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