CBI today arrested five Gujarat policemen in connection with the alleged fake
encounter of Sadiq Jamal in 2003.
The policemen, who were produced before a special CBI court, were immediately
sent to judicial custody.
The CBI today also filed the charge sheet against eight accused in the case,
including Dy SP Tarun Barot, for the charges under sections 120b (criminal
conspiracy), 114 (abetment), 345 (illegal confinement), 365 (abduction) and 302
(murder) of IPC.
The CBI had arrested Tarun Barot on September 25 in this case, who had been
later sent to Sabarmati Central jail here.
The CBI called DySP J G Parmar, Police Inspectors G H Gohil and R L Mavani, Head
Constables Ajaypal Singh and Chatrashingh Chudasama at Gandhinagar for their
interrogation and later arrested them.
In the evening, when all of them were produced before the special CBI court, the
agency did not seek their remand and instead submitted the charge sheet in the
This is the first charge sheet in the case, filed against five cops arrested
today, besides Barot and yet-to-be arrested retired cops I A Saiyad and K M
Since Saiyad and Waghela had not been arrested yet, the CBI has requested the
issuance of Non-Bailable Warrant(NBW) against these accused.
Former scribe of a Mumbai-based tabloid Ketan Tirodkar was the first one to be
arrested in the case and who is now out on bail, has not been named in the
charge sheet. Tirodkar was granted bail on October 11 on the basis of CBI failed
to file charge sheet against him within the stipulated timeframe.
Sadiq Jamal, a resident of Bhavnagar, was killed in an alleged fake encounter by
Gujarat police in Ahmedabad on January 13, 2003.
The genuineness of the encounter became an issue after Tirodkar filed an
affidavit before a court in Mumbai that he was witness to Jamal's hand-over to
Gujarat police by the "encounter specialist" Daya Nayak of Mumbai police, a few
days before the alleged encounter.
In last June, the High Court had ordered a CBI probe following a petition by
Sadiq's brother Sabir Jamal.
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