Delhi HC seeks govt response on Rana`s plea

The Delhi HC sought the city govt`s response on a plea of Sher Singh Rana, facing trial for involvement in the murder of Phoolan Devi in 2001.

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought
the city government`s response on a plea of Sher Singh Rana,
facing trial for his alleged involvement in the murder of
Samajwadi Party MP Phoolan Devi in 2001, seeking an order
allowing him to be interviewed by a filmmaker.

Justice VK Shali issued a notice to the state and sought
a response by September 23 on Rana`s plea against the trial
court`s order dismissing his application for permission.

The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, who is trying the
case against Rana for escaping from Tihar jail in February
2004, had dismissed his plea for granting permission on July 8
after the Tihar jail authorities had filed a report saying no
filmmaker had approached the jail authorities to interview

Filing a petition, Rana claimed a filmmaker had
approached him for an interview to make a film on Phoolan
Devi`s life but the jail authorities had denied him permission
to be interviewed. Rana, however, did not name the filmmaker.

Rana, along with 11 others, had allegedly conspired and
killed the bandit-turned-politician to avenge the 1981 Behmai
massacre in which she had killed 17 people of the upper caste

The assailants had dropped their weapons at the murder
spot after killing Phoolan Devi outside her 44, Ashoka Road
residence here on July 25, 2001.

Rana has been lodged in Tihar jail since July 27, 2001,
but he had escaped from jail on February 17, 2004. The Delhi
police had arrested him again on April 25, 2004 from Kolkata.


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