alleged extra-judicial killings by the Army, the Assam Rifles and the Police in the insurgency-hit Manipur.
A bench of Justices M B Lokur and U U Lalit asked the CBI director to appoint a team of officers to conduct the probe into the alleged killings.
The court was hearing a PIL seeking probe and compensation in the alleged 1,528 extra-judicial killings from 2000 to 2012 by security forces and police. The court pulled up Manipur government for not taking action on alleged fake encounters by armed forces.
On April 20, the Army had told the apex court that it cannot be subjected to FIRs for carrying out anti-militancy operations in insurgency-prone areas like Jammu and Kashmir and Manipur, while alleging local bias in judicial inquiries conducted against it in these regions, which have tarnished its image.
In July last year, the apex court had directed a thorough probe into the alleged fake encounter killings in Manipur saying the use of “excessive or retaliatory force” by the armed forces or police was not permissible in ‘disturbed areas’ under the controversial Armed Force Special Powers Act.