Dara encounter: SC declines plea against BJP MLA

The Supreme Court rejected a plea seeking a direction to the CBI to file a supplementary charge sheet against BJP MLA Rajendra Singh Rathore.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected
a plea seeking a direction to the CBI to file a supplementary
charge sheet against BJP MLA Rajendra Singh Rathore and arrest
him in the Dara Singh fake encounter case.

A bench of justices Markandeya Katju and C K Prasad
refused to entertain the plea of Dara Singh`s wife Sushila
Devi, saying that such an order cannot be passed as the
investigations are still going on in the case.

The CBI had on June 3 named Rathore, a former Rajathsan
minister, in its charge sheet in the case alleging that he had
a "strong motive and selfish interest" in the murder of Singh
but the agency stopped short of making him an accused.
The agency had alleged that 16 police officials including
Additional Director General of Police A K Jain were allegedly
involved.

The CBI had said "since his (Rathore`s) role is yet to be
examined in the planned killing of Dara Singh by the Special
Operations Group (of Rajasthan Police), hence investigation is
kept pending against Rathore under section 173(8) CrPC."

The agency alleged that there was an animosity over
supporting rival gangs of liquor smugglers between Rathore and
Dara Singh, a criminal and a bootlegger operating in
Rajasthan, and Haryana who was facing several cases including
those of attempt to murder and smuggling.
Dara Singh was killed by the SOG allegedly in a fake
encounter on October 23, 2006 in Rangendra Prasad Nagar area
on the outskirts of Jaipur.

Dara`s family members had pointed a finger at a senior
state BJP leader claiming that he was targeted because of
personal enmity.

PTI

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