The prosecution sought death penalty for 14 policemen and two others, convicted in the case related to the fake encounter killing of Ram Narayan Gupta alias Lakkhan Bhaiya, an alleged aide of fugitive gangster Chhota Rajan.
Gujarat High Court on Friday pulled up the state government saying some of its high-ranking police officers were "protecting, shielding and siding with" the policemen accused in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case.
A local court here on Monday framed
charges against 22 accused, including encounter special
Pradeep Sharma, in the alleged fake encounter of Ram Narayan
Gupta alias Lakkhan Bhaiya, a suspected Chotta Rajan aide.