Jaipur: The state BJP on Friday came out in
support of its sitting BJP MLA and former minister Rajendra
Singh Rathore and alleged that the CBI had falsely implicated
him in its charge sheet in the Dara Singh encounter case.
Bhawani Singh Rajawat, spokesperson of the party strongly
condemned the move by the CBI and alleged that it has been
initiated at the behest of the ruling Congress party.
The CBI today named Rathore in its 46-page charge sheet
filed in a special court here in the Dara Singh encounter case
alleging he had a "strong motive and selfish interest" in the
murder of Singh but stopped short of making him an accused.
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.
The CBI said Dara Singh was taken into illegal custody
by the SOG officials, who have been named as accused in the
charge sheet, from Jaipur Airport and was taken to a lonely
place near Amber where he was kept hostage till October 23,
2006 when he was killed in a planned manner.
Dara`s family members had pointed a finger at a senior
state BJP leader claiming that he was targeted because of
However, the police had claimed that Dara was fleeing
from its custody when he was shot.
Acting on a petition by Dara`s widow Sushila that her
husband was killed in cold blood due to a personal enmity, the
Supreme Court had ordered a CBI inquiry in the case.