Prajapati encounter: CBI allowed to quiz accused
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 00:26
  
Banaskantha: A local court on Tuesday allowed CBI to interrogate the incarcerated accused in the 2006 Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter case of Gujarat.

Additional Sessions Judge PV Maru, hearing the case, asked CBI to video record the entire proceedings when the accused are questioned inside prison where they are lodged.

The Central agency had filed an application seeking interrogation of the 14 accused, all policemen.

While accepting the plea, the court laid down certain conditions. It asked the CBI to video record the entire interrogation process with investigating officer clearly visible with proper identification, name tag and designation.

The judge further said the accused should be allowed to have their respective lawyers present during interrogation.

The court also asked the CBI to provide a copy of the video recording to the accused.

The case was transfered to CBI from Gujarat CID on orders of Supreme Court on April 8 on a petition filed by Narmada Bai, mother of the deceased, who had alleged that her son was killed in a "staged shootout" by Gujarat Police.

Prajapati, a key witness in the November 2005 fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, was shot dead allegedly by police on December 28, 2006 near Chhapri village here.

CBI had on April 29 registered an FIR in the Prajapati case against police officials of Gujarat and Rajasthan. They were booked under IPC and charged with murder, criminal conspiracy, wrongful confinement and destruction of evidence, among others.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 00:26


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