Mumbai: Suspended police officer Pradeep
Suryavanshi was Friday sentenced to three months imprisonment for threatening a magistrate who was conducting probe into the
fake encounter of an alleged Chhota Rajan gang member in 2006.
A Bombay High Court division bench of justices A M
Khanwilkar and A R Joshi convicted the senior police inspector
and also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on him.
In July 2009, the high court had initiated contempt
proceedings against Suryavanshi, an accused in the fake
encounter case of Ramnarayan Gupta, after learning that he had
allegedly tried to threaten R K Shaikh, metropolitan
magistrate at suburban Andheri.
Shaikh was directed by the court to conduct a judicial
probe into the encounter after Gupta`s brother approached the
court claiming that it was a fake encounter.
Last July, the disciplinary committee had found
Suryavanshi guilty of threatening the magistrate and as
punishment had stopped his increment for two years.
Dhiraj Mirajkar, advocate for Suryavanshi, argued that
there had been a misunderstanding in the entire episode and
that the senior inspector had only asked for a copy of the
magistrate`s report in the case.
Apart from Suryavanshi, encounter specialist Pradeep
Sharma and 17 others have been arrested for their alleged
involvement in the fake encounter of Gupta.