New Delhi: Hearing a petition of the Gujarat government on Friday, the Supreme Court has issued a notice to both the Centre and all states directing them to come up with the reports about all case of encounter.
In its petition moved in the apex court seeking a probe into all encounter cases during past one decade, the Gujarat government has pleaded before a bench comprising Justice Aftab Alam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai that all cases of encounter should be treated equally to ensure the protection of human rights as well as the officers of Gujarat could not be discouraged in their fight against terrorism.

 The state government also expressed that a directive on all cases of encounter should be issued by the court to all states to frame a nationwide policy to probe the cases of encounter. 

Some elements of vested interest are targeting police officers of the state in the name of fake encounters, the state government’s petition said.

 The petition also said that a Special Investigating Team (SIT) or any other independent agency should be formed by all states on the line of Gujarat state as it will prevent the incidences of murder of innocent people in the name of fake encounters.

 Besides this, the honest officers of the state police forces will also not be discouraged in their fight against terrorists and criminals.