People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) v. Union of India & Anr. (1997) 3 SCC 433

People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) v. Union of India & Anr. (1997) 3 SCC 433. Case of fake encounter by the Manipur police. The Supreme Court held that “administrative liquidation” is not a course open to the police under the rule of law. The Court found that it was a case of fake encounter and, therefore, awarded compensation of Rs. 1 lakh each to the families of the two deceased.

PUCL had taken up the case of killing of two persons in A fake encounter by Imphal Police by filing a Writ Petition under Article 32 of the Constitution. The Supreme Court had directed conduct of an enquiry by the District and Sessions Judge, Churachandpur. In the enquiry report, the District and Sessions Judge found that two persons were shot dead by the police while in custody. The Supreme Court held that “administrative liquidation” is not a course open to the police under the rule of law. The Court found that it was a case of fake encounter and, therefore, awarded compensation of Rs. 1 lakh each to the families of the two deceased. PUCL was given cost of Rs. 10,000 for filing the Petition and pursuing it for nearly 5 years.

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JUSTICE SACHAR