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AP High Court wants report on police firing
Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad | July 30, 2007 08:33 IST
The Andhra Pradesh high court on Sunday asked the director-general of police to submit a fact-based affidavit by Tuesday on the police firing at Mudigonda in Khammam district in which six persons were killed and eight others injured.
A division bench, comprising Chief Justice G S Singhvi and Justice V Eshwaraiah also directed the district judge, Khammam, to go to the spot and submit a fact-based report within two days.
State Advocate General C V Mohan Reddy submitted that the court may not take cognisance of the petition since the State Human Rights Commission has already called for report. He also informed the bench that the state government has already suspended the additional superintendent of police and transferred the superintendent of police and announced a judicial enquiry into the incident.
In the writ petition, the petitioner sought a direction from the court declaring the action of the state government and the police in killing the poor and innocent citizens of the state and failing to protect the lives of the citizenry as "illegal, unjust, arbitrary and in violation of Article 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India and consequentially direct the respondents to stop the killings by police firings."
The petitioner sought a further direction to the Union government "to take prompt, expeditious and urgent steps under Article 355 of the Constitution of India and also direct the Union Government to consider the desirability or otherwise of invoking its powers under Article 356 of the Constitution and pass such other order as deemed fit and proper in the circumstances of the case."
Meanwhile, the AP State Human Rights Commission has also called for a report on the circumstances that led to the police firing in Mudigonda in Khammam district.