Co-accused gets bail in Phoolan Devi murder case

A Delhi court Wednesday granted bail to the brother of prime suspect Sher Singh Rana and co-accused in the murder of bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi for allowing him to take part in a marriage.

New Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday granted bail
to the brother of prime suspect Sher Singh Rana and co-accused in the murder of bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi for allowing him to take part in a marriage.

"Accused Vijay Singh Rana is granted interim bail for a
period of three days starting from November 26 to allow him
to take part in the marriage of his brother at his native
place," Additional Sessions Judge J R Aryan said.

The court asked him to furnish a personal and 2 surety
bonds of Rs 50,000 each as the pre-condition for his release.

"The accused is hereby directed to surrender before the
competent authority here on November 29," it said.

The court is recording the statement of prosecution
witnesses in the nine-year-old trial.
Earlier, the Investigating Officer had testified that
Sher Singh Rana had killed Phoolan to avenge the 1981 Behmai
massacre in which she and her gang murdered 17 people
belonging to an upper caste.

The Samajwadi party MP was gunned down outside her 44,
Ashoka Road, residence here on July 25, 2001.

According to the prosecution, Rana, along with 12
others, had allegedly conspired to kill Phoolan to avenge the
Behmai massacre.
Besides Rana, other accused are Keshav Chauhan,
Rajbir, Ravinder, Dharam Prakash, Sharwan, Vijay, Shekhar,
Praveen Mittal, Amit Rathi, Vijay Rana, Pradeep and Surender.

They have been booked under IPC dealing with murder,
attempt to murder, destruction of evidence, criminal
conspiracy and procuring and using illegal firearms for their
varying roles in the offence.

PTI

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