New Delhi: Taking a tough stand on fake encounters done by police personnel, Supreme Court termed such cops as cold blooded murderers, who deserve death penalty.

A bench of Justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra made the observation while rejecting the bail petition of some Mumbai policemen involved in an alleged fake encounter of real estate property agent Ram Narayan Gupta.

Gupta was reportedly kidnapped on November 11, 2006 and was killed in a police encounter. The petitioner has alleged the named policemen of carrying out the fake encounter on the behest of Janardan   Bhange - a prime accused in the murder case.

Both Bhange and Gupta were business partners who drifted away due to professional differences. Later Bhange hatched the conspiracy for Gupta’s murder, which was executed by the alleged policemen.

The Apex Court bench rejected the bail plea of Head Constable Prakash Kadam and stated that if a common man commits a crime there should be a simple sentence, but the penalty should be severe in proportion when a similar crime is committed by cops.

Earlier the Bombay High Court had rejected the bail plea filed by Prakash Kadam and other policemen.

Issuing a warning to such policemen, the two member bench further observed that policemen who think that they can kill people under the cover of encounter and get away with it should know that the gallows await them.

The bench further said that no policemen can hide under the cover of executing a fake encounter crime on the instructions of a senior official.

(JPN/Bureau)