By LE Desk

New Delhi, March 17: The Supreme Court Wednesday allowed discharge of Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Bhardwaj in the NHRC from the SIT probing alleged fake encounters in Manipur.

Bhardwaj has been promoted as DIG in his parent AGMU cadre.

A bench of Justices NV Ramana, Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose allowed the plea filed by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking release of its senior officer and directed the Centre to expeditiously provide a suitable officer to the commission, news agency PTI reported.

The Officer may be allowed to discharge his post and join the promoted post in his parent cadre and the Centre is directed to provide a suitable officer expeditiously to the NHRC, the bench said.

At the outset, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre referred to the prayers in the application, and said this is a matter where our soldiers are fighting on borders in Manipur and they are facing cases.

The bench said that it does not have any other interlocutory applications before it except for discharge of the officer.

It said that during the last hearing, amicus curiae senior advocate Maneka Guruswamy had something to say on the issue.

Mehta said that amicus curiae have no role in deciding as to what the CBI should do and amicus can only assist on law.

He said that court should demarcate role of amicus in such cases and questioned that can the amicus say that CBI should ask a particular to be transferred and another officer be asked to probe.

Mehta submitted that these things are happening in every matter and amicus curiae can only assist on question of law and nothing else.

The bench told Mehta, You are a senior officer and Solicitor General, we know what amicus does. Let us not get into all that. Tell us who you will replace the officer with .

Mehta replied that he will submit a list from which the amicus can select.

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