Dara Singh fake encounter: Top cop surrenders before CBI

AK Jain had gone absconding after the CBI filed a charge sheet against him last June accusing him of masterminding the fake encounter of Dara Singh.

Jaipur: Absconding Additional Director
General of Rajasthan Police AK Jain, wanted by the CBI for
his role in the fake encounter of a local liquor smuggler,
on Monday surrendered before a special court here.

59-year-old Jain had gone absconding after the CBI filed
a charge sheet against him last June accusing him of
masterminding the fake encounter of Dara Singh.

The court immediately sent him to judicial custody and
the CBI would be moving for his remand tomorrow.

The CBI had mounted a lot of pressure on Jain and had
revoked his passport besides declaring him a proclaimed
offender and also announcing a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on
information leading to his arrest.

The agency had initiated the process of securing an
Interpol Red Corner Notice against him as there was no
information available about the whereabouts of Jain, a 1978
batch IPS officer.

It was not immediately clear as to whether he had arrived
from Singapore or was hiding somewhere in the country.

Jain has been named by the CBI in its charge sheet filed
on June 4 last year accusing him of allegedly killing Singh in
2006 when he was heading the Special Operations Group of
Rajasthan Police.

This is for the first time in the history of inception of
Indian Police Service that such a senior police officer has
been declared as a proclaimed offender.

The CBI, in its charge sheet, had alleged that Singh was
taken into illegal custody by the SOG officials from Jaipur
Airport and was taken to a lonely place near Amber where he
was kept hostage till October 23, 2006 after he was killed in
a planned manner.

"The circumstantial evidence shows clearly that Dara was
murdered in cold blood by SOG personnel and the same was duly
monitored by ADG Police A K Jain, SP SOG A Ponnuchammi and
Additional SP Arshad Ali along with other officials and during
this entire period Rajendra Rathore (a sitting BJP MLA) was on
telephonic touch with Jain, ADGP," the charge sheet said.

Police had claimed that Singh was killed while fleeing
from its custody.

CBI alleged there was an animosity over supporting rival
gangs of liquor smugglers between Rathore and Singh, a
criminal and a bootlegger operating in Rajasthan and Haryana
who was facing several cases including those of attempt to
murder and smuggling.

"There were two rival liquor mafias in Churu and
Jhunjhunu districts of Rajasthan. One was headed by Sumer
Singh Fagediya and included Vijendra Singh, alias Tilaia, and
Dara Singh. The other group, ruled by one Virender Singh
Nyangli, was protected by the then BJP minister and present
MLA Rajender Singh Rathore," the charge sheet said.

"The animosity among Vijendra Singh, Dara Singh and
Rajendra Rathore increased in 2003-2005 and even turned into
personal animosity. Rathore even tried to reopen a false case
against Dara Singh and his aide Vijender Singh in December
2005," it further said.