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2013 Jheeram Ghati naxal attack: SC dismisses Chhattisgarh govt’s plea

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea of the Chhattisgarh government against the refusal for examining of

additional witnesses

by

the Judicial Commission

set up to probe the 2013 Jheeram Ghati naxal attack in which 29 people, including leaders of state Congress, were killed.

A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan observed that the state government may have extended the tenure of the commission but the panel has closed the proceedings.

“You wanted the expert witness to be examined but commission did not agree. You may have extended commission’s tenure but it has closed the proceedings,” the bench, also comprising justices R S Reddy and M R Shah, said.

The state government had challenged the orders of the

Chhattisgarh high court

dismissing its plea seeking direction to

the Special Judicial Enquiry Commission

to examine the additional witnesses in the case.

On May 25, 2013, naxals had attacked a convoy of Congress leaders in Jheeram valley in Darbha area of

Bastar district

, killing 29 people, including then state Congress chief

Nand Kumar Patel

, former leader of opposition Mahendra Karma and former

Union

minister Vidyacharan Shukla.

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