Supreme Court seeks probe report from Maharashtra Police in Palghar lynching case within 4 weeks
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna sought the report while hearing a plea, through video conference.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought a report from Maharashtra Police in the ongoing investigation into the Palghar incident, in which two sadhus and their driver were allegedly lynched by a mob on the night of April 16.
Sadhus Kalpavriksha Giri (70), Sushil Giri (35), who belonged to the Juna Akhara, and their driver Nilesh Telgade (30) were beaten to death by a murderous mob of over 100 people with sticks. The incident which took place on April 16 came to light only when the video of the incident was shared on social media.
A bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Sanjiv Khanna sought the status report from the police and listed the matter for further hearing after four weeks. The top court issued notices to the Maharashtra government seeking its reply in the matter. The investigation into the case would continue.
A PIL was filed in the apex court through advocate Rashi Bansal in connection with the lynching of two sadhus and their driver in Palghar, Maharashtra, on April 16.
The plea sought direction for top court-monitored probe by the CBI into the matter, and also sought to constitute a judicial commission headed by a retired judge of the top court or an SIT monitored by the court. The incident occurred on April 16, when the sadhus, along with their driver were travelling from Mumbai to Surat, Gujarat, to attend the funeral of Guru Mahant Ram Giriji in a car.