A special CBI court on Monday rejected the bail applications of two policemen who are lodged in Sabarmati Central Jail in connection with Sadiq Jamal Mehtar encounter case. The duo had allegedly shot Sadiq in a fake encounter in 2003 in Ahmedabad.
Special CBI Judge M M Gandhi rejected the bail applications moved by accused J G Parmar and Irshad Ali Saiyed, both retired as deputy superintendent of police.
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They had sought bail on the ground of parity with five co-accused who were recently granted bail by the same court and on medical ground saying that they were suffering from multiple diseases.
Their bail applications were based on merit of the CBI investigation claiming that the agency doesn’t have direct evidence against them. Lawyer Brijrajsinh Jhala, who represented one of the accused, said, “The court rejected the applications saying the accused are the firers and parity with co-accused, who were granted bail, can’t be given to them.”
The CBI opposed their bail applications stating that the duo pumped several bullets into Sadiq in the fake encounter.
In its reply opposing the bail, the CBI said, “During the said stage-managed encounter, five rounds were fired by the accused J G Parmar and six rounds were fired by co-accused Irshad Ali Saiyed. Two bullets were recovered from Sadiq Jamal’s body during a post-mortem, one of the bullets had been fired
from the service revolver of J G Parmar as opined by the ballistic experts.”
Sadiq was killed in January 2003 in a fake police encounter. He was branded as a terrorist who had planned to kill the then chief minister Narendra Modi and VHP leader Pravin Togadia to avenge 2002 post-Godhra riots. This is the case where role of several Mumbai-based police officers and Intelligence Bureau (IB) officers appeared for the first time in a fake encounter.
There are a total of eight policemen chargesheeted in the case by the CBI while a further investigation is awaited that is likely to reveal more names of senior policemen from Gujarat and Mumbai. A separate application has been filed in special court by Shabbir Jamal, brother of Sadiq, seeking speedy investigation by the CBI.