Court allows bail to Phoolan murder accused in jail break case

A Delhi court on Monday allowed bail plea of Phoolan Devi murder case accused Sher Singh Rana in the 2004 Tihar jail break case.

Last Updated: Jan 04, 2011, 00:17 AM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday allowed bail
plea of Phoolan Devi murder case accused Sher Singh Rana in
the 2004 Tihar jail break case but he will not be released
from prison as he is facing trial relating to the killing of
bandit-turned-politician.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav granted the bail
to Singh noting that he has been in prison in the case for
more than four years.

The court asked him to furnish personal and surety bond of
Rs 20,000 each as condition for the bail. Rana had sought bail
arguing that he has been in judicial custody for more than
four years and six months.

He had also contended that co-accused Vikram Singh Rana
has already been granted bail in the case while two other
accused Sandeep Thakur and Sunil Kumar have been let off
following a plea bargain by them.

The public prosecutor opposed Rana`s plea saying that the
charges against the accused were grave and his bail
application had been dismissed in February last year.

The court, however, allowed the bail plea of Rana.
Rana had escaped from Delhi`s Tihar jail on February 17,
2004 in a dramatic manner on a fake production warrant by his
associates posing as Uttrakhand policemen before the real
police team could come to take him from the high-security
prison.

He was re-arrested in April 2006.
Rana, along with others, is accused of hatching a
conspiracy and gunning down then Samajwadi Party MP Phoolan
Devi outside her residence here in July 2001.

PTI