The Supreme Court on Monday deferred the hearing of a batch of pleas seeking CBI and NIA probe into the investigation of the Palghar lynching case alleging bias in the present investigation by Maharashtra authorities. The matter has been adjourned to be heard on February 17.
The bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and M.R. Shah was informed that the investigation was complete. The bench granted two weeks to file additional documents.
On other interveners’ seeking adjournments, the petitioner said that it was not petitioners who were seeking an adjournment and asked the bench to refrain from giving further adjournments.
In the case, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had earlier requested the court for an adjournment. The bench had asked about the reason for seeking adjournment. To which, Mehta replied it was due to personal difficulty.
The petitions were filed on behalf of Mahant Shradhanand Saraswati and Ghanshyam Upadhyay. It stated that the video clips that had emerged on the date of the incident depicted how the police might have played an active role in the lynching of the sadhus at Palghar.
Mahant Swami Shradhanand Saraswati and six other sadhus of the Juna Akhara had jointly demanded a CBI investigation, followed by a second petition which had been moved for an NIA probe by Ghanshyam Upadhyay.