Tulsiram Prajapati case committed to Palanpur Sessions court
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Last Updated: Monday, August 02, 2010, 23:55
  
Banaskantha: In a first step towards commencement of trial in the encounter of Tulsiram Prajapati, a key witness in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing, the case was today committed to the Sessions court here.

The Judicial court in Danta, where the case was registered, committed the case today to the Sessions court in Palanpur.

Nine former policemen including IPS officers D G Vanzara, Dinesh M N and Vipul Agarwal, accused in the case were produced in Danta court and given copy of the chargesheet with direction to be produced before the Sessions court, Palanpur on August 16.

The state CID, which is probing the case, had last week filed chargesheets in the case against the nine cops.

On July 30, a chargesheet was filed against Agarwal and six others charging them of criminal conspiracy, murder, kidnapping, destruction of evidence and forgery.

On the very next day, the CID filed a supplementary chargesheet against two other accused - Vanzara and Dinesh, while eight others, including IPS officer Rajkumar Pandiyan (who is behind bars in connection with Sohrabuddin encounter case) and four cops from Rajasthan, were show as accused yet to be arrested.

According to the charge sheet, Vanzara, who was range DIG at that time, and Dinesh, who was Udaipur SP, had conspired to kill Prajapati. However, it did not throw light on the motive behind the conspiracy.

Both the officials are accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing case and are behind the bars.

Agarwal, another IPS officer accused in the case was the then Banaskantha SP, when the encounter took place.

Prajapati was killed by Gujarat Police in an encounter near Ambaji in Danta taluka of Banaskantha, when he tried to escape from custody while being shifted from Rajasthan to Gujarat in December 2006.

According to CBI, which is probing the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, Prajapati had helped Gujarat Police in tracking Sohrabuddin, after he was assured by Vanzara that Sohrabuddin would get a safe passage and no physical harm would be done to him.

Meanwhile defense consul of Agarwal S M Modi has filed bail application afresh as the earlier one was rejected by the fast-track court on the technical ground that no bail application can be considered unless the charge sheet was submitted.

Investigating officer in the case R K Patel said efforts were on to get the custody of Rajkumar Pandian, whose name has been included in the charge sheet.

PTI


First Published: Monday, August 02, 2010, 23:55


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