The Commission formed to inquire into the circumstances leading to the encounter of 4 youth involved in the gang rape and murder of sensational Disha case in Shamshabad has reiterated its commitment to complete the task assigned to it by the Supreme Court on December 12, 2019.
The Secretary of the Inquiry Commission S Shashidhar Reddy informed that the Commission since its notification for public hearing issued on February 5, 2020, has received 1167 applications from public, 1365 affidavits including family members of victims and policemen involved in the incident, reports of the FIR, NHRC, SIT team, Post Mortem including re-postmortem, meteorological reports of the relevant date etc.
However, the reports of the Second Post-mortem examination conducted as per the directions of the High Court for the State of Telangana was received on June 10, 2020, due to lockdown and the subsequent impact on the Court’s functioning. The Commission also acquired several thousands of pages after getting it translated into Telugu and completed the scrutiny of the same.
The second sitting of the Commission which was scheduled to be held on March 23 and 24, 2020 at the office of Commission at Hyderabad due to Covid outbreak. Though the lockdown restrictions were relaxed in June last, the situation in Hyderabad has further deteriorated with several persons working in the premises allocated to the Commission were found to be Covid positive. There are no other premises available for the Commission to hold hearings. Travel between states is still not feasible because of the increasing rates of infections.
Despite the pandemic and the lockdowns declared by the Central Government and the State Government, the Commission has ensured that its work continues. The Commission has continued with the work of Collection of records and documents, statements of persons acquainted with the incident to the Members of the Commission at their respective residences for their perusal, reference and study.
The Commission has also explored the possibility and viability of conducting online hearings and sittings to complete the inquiry expeditiously. But after considering several aspects including their mental condition and the security aspects those disposing before the Commission and the security of advocates etc. it was decided the virtual hearing was not feasible.
The Commission, he said, despite the constraints imposed by the unexpected circumstances, is committed and has been looking for different ways to expeditiously complete the enquiry assigned to it.