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SC dismisses Phoolan Devi murder accused bail plea

The SC dismissed the bail application of Vijay Singh alias Raju, a key accused in the murder of dacoit-turned-MP Phoolan Devi on July 25, 2001.



New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed
the bail application of Vijay Singh alias Raju, a key accused
in the sensational murder of dacoit-turned-MP Phoolan Devi on
July 25, 2001.

A bench of justices P Sathasivam and J Chalameswar,
concurred with the findings of the Delhi High Court that in
view of allegations that witnesses were receiving threats from
the accused in custody and trial being at the fag end it would
not be proper to enlarge the accused on bail.

"The trial is at the fag end and on the verge of
completion. Only a few witnesses have to be examined.

"It is also disturbing to note that the witnesses are
stated to have been threatened. We are not inclined to grant
any bail at the moment," Justice Sathasivam speaking for the
bench said.

The apex court rejected the plea of counsel Mritunjay
Kumar Sinha, that Vijay should also be released on bail as
other co-accused Amit Rathi, Rajender and Praveen Mittal have
been granted bail.

He also submitted that there was no evidence against
Vijay`s involvement and the only allegation against him was
that his mobile was used by Sher Singh Rana, the main accused
for committing the crime.

The Delhi High Court had in April this year dismissed
Vijay`s bail plea saying his release would be detrimental to
the interests of the witnesses as they were receiving threats
even while the accused were in judicial custody.

On July 25, 2001, Phoolan Devi who was elected a Member
of Parliament on the Samajwadi Party ticked, was gunned down
outside her 44, Ashoka Road residence by Sher Singh Rana and
11 others to avenge the infamous Behamai massacre of 1981 in
which she and her gang had murdered 17 people belonging to an
upper caste.

PTI

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