Sandeep Gadoli encounter case: HC defers petition

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday deferred till February 29 the hearing on a petition seeking second autopsy of Gurgaon resident Sandeep Gadoli who was killed in an alleged encounter with the police in Mumbai two weeks ago.

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The petition, filed by Gadoli's brother Kuldeep, came up before the bench of Justices V M Kanade and V L Achilya. The judges said they would wait for a Supreme Court order about this case to be uploaded on the apex court's website. The apex court has directed the HC to make Gurgaon police a party to the petition.

Gadoli, who faced criminal cases in Haryana, was killed in an alleged encounter with a team of Gurgaon police at a hotel in Mumbai on February 7. His brother has moved the HC, alleging it was a fake encounter and an FIR for murder should be registered against the Gurgaon police.

The petitioner says the autopsy report of J J Hospital in Mumbai ignored several `post-death' injuries on the body. When he saw the body, he noticed that the neck was swollen but the report doesn't mention it. Also, it doesn't give details of entry and exit points of bullets.

Kuldeep has sought a fresh autopsy and examination of call data records of Gurgaon policemen involved in the operation and a woman who was with Sandeep at the time.

The SC last week stayed the Bombay High Court order which asked the Mumbai police to register an FIR against Gurgaon police. The apex court asked the HC to give a hearing to Gurgaon police by making them party to the petition.

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