Hyderabad Encounter: Justice Should Not Be Misunderstood As Revenge, Says CJI Sharad Arvind Bobde
Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde (Photo Credits: IANS)

Jodhpur, December 7: Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde on Saturday said that justice can never be delivered in form of revenge. CJI Bobde was apparently referring to celebrations that broke out after all four accused in the gruesome rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinarian were gunned down by Telangana police in an encounter on Friday. He also said that the criminal justice system of the country must be reformed. Who Is Justice SA Bobde?

"Recent events in the country have sparked off the old debate with new vigour. There is no doubt that the criminal justice system must reconsider its position and attitude towards laxity and eventual time it takes to dispose off criminal matters," CJI Bobde said while speaking at an event in Jodhpur. "But I don't think justice can ever be or ought to be instant. And justice must never ever take the form of revenge. I believe justice loses its character of justice if it becomes revenge," he added. Hyderabad Encounter Reminiscent of 2008 Warangal Shootout, Both Happened Under Top Cop VC Sajjanar's Watch.

Police claimed that the accused attacked the police personnel and two of them even snatched weapons and opened fire, forcing the police to retaliate. Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar said that all four died in retaliatory fire. Two policemen were also injured, but these were not bullet injuries. A day after the encounter, a fact-finding team of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) arrived in Telanagana to launch a probe into the killing of all the four accused.

The encounter took place early Friday when the police team had taken the accused to recover victim's mobile phone and watch they had hidden near the place where they set afire victim's body on the intervening night of September 27 and 28. The accused had gang-raped and killed the veterinarian near the outer Ring Road at Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad and dumped the body and set it afire near Shadnagar.