New Delhi: In yet another setback to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed a panel headed by former Apex Court Judge M B Shah to investigate over 20 cases of alleged fake gunbattle killings in the state between 2003 and 2006.

The Apex Court bench headed by Justice Aftab Alam said that it was open to the monitoring authority headed by Justice Shah to constitute its own investigating team of police officers from within and outside the state.

However, the court said the monitoring authority would steer clear of the cases that are already under investigation on the directions of the Apex Court or the Gujarat high court.

The order says that the monitoring authority would submit its first report on the progress of the investigation into the fake gunbattle cases in three months' time.

(Agencies)