Central Information Commission calls for Batla House encounter documents

March 3rd, 2009 - 7:56 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar 3 (ANI): The Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the Delhi Police to submit all documents related to the September 19 Batla House encounter before it by March 5 for inspection by the bench.
A bench including Chief Election Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah and Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said that it would decide if the information on the encounter could be shared with RTI applicant and lawyer Prashant Bhushan after assessing these documents.
Bhushan, who represents one of the suspected terrorist Zia Ur Rehman, son of caretaker of L-18 Batla House, has sought the documents and copies of the FIR registered by special cell officials with Jamia Nagar police station regarding the encounter, post mortem report of Inspector M C Sharma, post-mortem reports of Atif Amin and Sajid, suspected terrorists killed in that encounter, from the Delhi Police.
The Delhi police had refused to give details of the FIR on October 31 claiming that Rehman was “neither the complainant nor accused in the case at this stage and as per provisions of CrPC, a copy of FIR could only be provided to the complainant or the accused only”.
However, Additional Commissioner of Police, Satyendra Garg said there were no such limitations in presenting the FIR.
The Police had also refused to reveal post-mortem reports of Inspector M C Sharma, and alleged terror suspects Atif Amin and Sajid claiming that the investigations were pending in the case and “its disclosure to the appellant may impede the process of investigation”. (ANI)

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