Senior cop awarded 3 months jail for threatening judge
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Last Updated: Friday, February 04, 2011, 21:24
  
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.

PTI


First Published: Friday, February 04, 2011, 21:24


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