On June 12, the high court had issued notices to the Karnataka government, state police chief and police officials
concerned in the matters. It had also directed the police to ensure that the accused were not ill-treated.
A vacation bench of the CJI and Justice S K Kaul declined to pass any interim order and said it would consider the petition on January 8, by when it directed the high court to upload the judgment on its official web page.
It was Justice Patel who in 2011, as part of a two-judge bench in the Gujarat High Court, had ordered a CBI probe into the 2004 killing of Mumbra girl Ishrat Jahan and three others after SIT concluded that the state police had faked the encounter.
Justice Ashok Hinchigeri made the suggestion while hearing a joint plea filed by the journalists — Ravi Belagere, editor of weekly tabloid Hi Bangalore, and Anil Raj, editor of local publication Yelahanka Voice. The two have moved the court against the arrest order.