His statement came a day after all four accused in the rape and murder of a young Hyderabad veterinarian were shot dead in a pre-dawn encounter.
Justice SA Bobde signs on a register after taking oath as the 47th Chief Justice of India (CJI) at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi, Monday. (PTI Photo)
New Delhi: Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, who took oath as the 47th Chief Justice of India last month, on Saturday said that justice should not be misunderstood as revenge. His statement came a day after all four accused in the rape and murder of a young Hyderabad veterinarian were shot dead in a pre-dawn encounter.
“Justice should not be revenge. I believe Justice loses its character as Justice if it becomes revenge,” he said.
Cyberabad police on Friday said the accused, lorry workers aged between 20 and 26, were killed during an exchange of fire that took place between 5.45 am and 6.15 am when they were taken by a 10-member team to the scene of the crime at Chattanpalli, 50 km near Hyderabad, from an undisclosed location for a reconstruction of events as part of the investigation.
Prime accused Mohammed Arif(26), Chennakeshavulu, Jollu Shiva and Jollu Navin(all 20 years) were not handcuffed at the time of the incident, police said.
Cyberabad Police Commissioner CV Sajjanar told reporters his men resorted to “retaliatory” firing after two of the accused opened fire at the police personnel after snatching weapons from them and tried to escape.
He said Arif was the first to open fire followed by Chennakeshavulu, even as the police team was attacked with stones and sticks. The police returned fire after initial “restraint” and asking the accused to surrender, he said. The snatched weapons were in “unlocked” position, he added.
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