New Delhi, 27 August: Setting aside a Karnataka High Court order, the Supreme Court today ordered a CBI investigation into last year’s clashes outside a Bangalore court during production of mining tycoon Janardhana Reddy.
A Bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justices Ranjana P Desai and Ranjan Gogoi, set aside the High Court order by which a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was ordered to be set up to probe the incident. “We direct the CBI to carry out the investigation within six months,” the Bench said.
The court asked the SIT to hand over the documents and other materials to the CBI for enabling it to investigate the incident. On 16 May 2012, the HC had ordered constitution of the SIT for investigating the clashes. On 2 March 2012, several media persons and police officers were injured when they were attacked by unruly lawyers on the premises of a Bangalore civil court complex. The advocates had targeted journalists who had gathered to cover Mr Reddy’s appearance before the court in an illegal mining case. SNS