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IPS officer, 13 other cops acquitted in Dara Singh encounter case

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

A court here today acquitted a senior and 13 other serving and retired police officials in the high profile alleged fake encounter case of 2006. Liquor smuggler alias Daria, a resident of district, was killed in an alleged fake encounter with police on the outskirts of on October 23, 2006. His family had pointed fingers at the then cabinet in the Rajasthan's BJP government and present State Parliamentary Affairs claiming that Dara was targeted because of personal enmity. The Supreme Court, following a petition by his widow Sushila Devi, had ordered a CBI inquiry in the case which had resulted in the arrest of policemen including two IPS officers and Rathore. The acquitted all the 14 accused in offences under sections including 302 (murder) of IPC, A K Jain, for two of the accused, said. Those who were acquitted in the case are 1991-batch A Ponnuchamy, at present posted as ADG (Police Housing), (Additional SP rank), Rajesh Chaudhary, Nisar Khan, Subhash Godara, (all rank police officers), Satyanarayan Godara, Surendra Singh, Julfikar, (all rank), and Jagram (both Head rank), (police driver) and retired and the present state parliamentary affairs Rathore and now retired A K were also named in the case that was investigated by the CBI but they were discharged by courts in the past. The then opposition (BJP) MLA Rathore was arrested by the CBI on April 5, 2012, charging him with criminal conspiracy to kill liquor smuggler but he was discharged by the district and sessions court of all criminal charges on May 31, 2012 and he walked out of the jail whereas A K Jain, who retired from Jail, was discharged by high court in February 2015. The involvement of senior officers and Rathore was based on telephone calls exchanged which, the accused said, were for official purposes.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 19:25 IST