Even as the investigation of the Sagar Ratna encounter case has been transferred to the CBI, the Special Investigation Team set up by the Delhi Police — in a status report submitted to the Delhi High Court — claimed that the bullet which hit Manoj Vashisht had come from his own gun.
Vashisht (45), an accused in several cases of fraud and cheating, was killed when an altercation broke out between him and the police team at the Sagar Ratna in Rajender Nagar that had gone to arrest him. His wife, Priyanka, had then approached the Delhi High Court alleging that Vashisht had been “shot in cold blood” at the restaurant.
But the report, which was submitted before the court of Justice Ashutosh Kumar on Monday, claims that Vashisht had “reacted violently” to the attempt by the Special Cell officers to arrest him, and had taken out his unlicenced gun. When Special Cell Inspector Dharmendra Kumar tried to apprehend him, Vashisht’s gun went off in the scuffle, said the report. The bullet hit Vashisht in the head, leading to his death, it said.
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According to the ballistics report, Vashisht’s injuries were caused by a 7.65 mm bullet shot from close range.
During arguments, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain — who appeared on behalf of the Delhi Police — also told the court that the bullet that caused the fatal injury was not one that was used by the Special Cell, since policemen use 9-mm bullets.
Further, the report states that the single bullet fired by sub-inspector Bhoop Singh was “not a contact fire and had grazed the back of the deceased”.
The submissions were made while the court was hearing a plea filed by the deceased’s wife Priyanka, seeking a CBI probe into the case.
The ASG said the plea should be disposed of since the investigation had already been transferred to the agency.
‘Duped’ investors approach HC for relief
A group of lawyers representing various investors “duped” by Manoj Vashisht appeared before the court, seeking relief. The lawyers also argued that the “duped” investors were being “ignored”. The court declined to pass an order and asked the investors to approach the appropriate authorities. The case will be heard on August 2. ENS