New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday upheld a trial court's order convicting and awarding life terms to seven policemen for killing a 22-year-old MBA student in a staged shootout in Dehradun in 2009.
The High Court ruled that a "fake encounter has no place in legal system". "A fake encounter is a form of extrajudicial killing which has no place in a legal system governed by the rule of law.
"It is a manifestation of the impunity with which armed forces, including the police, are prone to act in utter disregard of the rule of law," a bench of Justices S Muralidhar and IS Mehta said.
"It also is symbolic of the cynicism with which the police themselves view the efficacy of the criminal justice system.
"The police, in this perception, are not just the accusers, but the prosecutor, the judge and the executioner."
The court described the matter as "a tragic case of the killing of a 20-year-old by the Uttarakhand Police in a fake encounter."
"The lawlessness of a police force, which is what a fake encounter represents, is not a new phenomenon," the court said convicting seven Uttarakhand policemen in the 2009 killing of the MBA student in Dehradun.
It held them guilty of involvement in the conspiracy to kidnap and kill Ghaziabad resident Ranbir Singh, who went to Dehradun to take up a job on July 3, 2009.
A trial court in June 2014 awarded life imprisonment to 17 policemen c...