SC declines bail to IPS officer in Sohrabuddin killing case

Last Updated: Friday, February 5, 2010 - 12:30

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday
declined to grant bail to IPS officer MN Dinesh, a key
accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

A bench of Justices P Sathsivam and H L Dattu,
however, granted liberty to the IPS officer to move the
Gujarat High Court with his plea and treated his bail
application as "dismissed as withdrawn".

Earlier, counsel for the IPS officer made a strong
plea for bail on the ground that Dinesh has been languishing
in jail for the last three years for his alleged role in the
killings in which several others police officers including DIG
DG Banjara have been arraigned as accused.

The counsel said that Dinesh should be granted bail
"in view of the changed circumstances" as the apex court had
recently entrusted the investigation into the killings to the
CBI.

However, the judges were not convinced with the
argument and directed the IPS officer to approach the Gujarat
High Court for remedy.

The IPS officer was earlier granted bail by a Sessions
Court. However, the Gujarat High Court, on an appeal by the
state, cancelled his bail following which he appealed in the
apex court.

The apex court too had earlier affirmed the High Court
order.

But after the Supreme Court directed the CBI
investigation, Dinesh claimed that the changed circumstances
warranted bail.

PTI



First Published: Friday, February 5, 2010 - 12:30

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