New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear the plea of Haryana governmment against a Bombay High Court decision ordering registration of an FIR against its cops who were allegedly involved in the shootout of gangster Sandeep Gadoli in a Mumbai suburb hotel, on Wednesday.
The matter, seeking urgent hearing, was mentioned by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi before the bench headed by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur. “We will hear the matter tomorrow,” the bench, also comprising justices R Banumathi and U U Lalit, said. The Bombay High Court had on Monday directed the Mumbai police to register an FIR into the alleged encounter by the Gurgaon police at a hotel there on February 7. The plea filed by Haryana government said the High Court had passed the order without even making the concerned police officials as parties to the plea filed by the brother of the slain alleged gangster, reports PTI. It further alleged that the impugned order was “ex-parte, illegal and erroneous” one. “Vide the impugned order, the registration of an FIR has been ordered against the officials of the petitioner herein, merely on the basis of the consensual statement given by the public prosecutor of Mumbai,” the plea said. It said a search operation was carried out by the police officials to nab notorious gangster Sandeep Gadoli of Gurgaon in Haryana who was involved in as many as 40 FIRs since 1999. “The said gangster was presently wanted in eight FIRs registered for heinous crimes in Haryana alone, out of which in three FIRs, he was declared proclaimed offender. There was a reward of Rs one lakh on the head of the aforesaid gangster by Haryana Police,” the plea further said.
It said the state officials were only discharging their official duties at the time of the aforesaid incident and carrying out a meticulous operation which lasted for almost 48 hours to nab a notorious gangster which can be verified and cannot be said to be a “fake encounter”.