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Order on probe into Mumbai police firing deaths reserved

New Delhi, July 14 (Calcutta Tube) The Supreme Court Wednesday reserved its order on Maharasthra’s plea against the Bombay High Court’s order directing a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into a police firing during the 1992 Mumbai that claimed six lives.

Police opened fire to disperse a mob indulging in arson and looting in Hari Masjid area during the riots that followed the Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya Dec 6, 1992.

The high court ordered a CBI probe into police firing by Sub-Inspector Nikhil Kapse in which six people were killed.

The Maharashtra government claimed that Kapse fired on the mob on the orders of Deputy Commissioner of Police K.L. Bishnoi.

Even as the apex court reserved it verdict, it expressed its serious concern over the conduct of the high court.

‘We are very much concerned over the propriety of the high court for proceeding with a matter pending before us (apex court),’ said the apex court bench of Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice Anil R. Dave.

Senior Counsel Shekhar Naphade appearing for Maharashtra questioned the propriety of the high court in hearing a petition.

‘It was an act of great judicial impropriety to hijack the matter from the lordships’ court,’ he said.

Additional Solicitor General Mohan Jain told the court that the CBI would require another six months to complete its investigations and an application for seeking such an extension was pending before the high court.

Opposing the plea of the state government, senior counsel Colin Gonsalves said: ‘There could be no blatant immunity to the police officers dealing with the riots if they indulge in acts of criminality.’

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