Days before the alleged encounter in Sagar Ratna restaurant, Manoj Vashisht had filed two applications for anticipatory bail and was planning to file more applications in a city court.
Vashisht wanted to know who were the plain clothes officers who had allegedly stopped him on April 29 near Dhaula Kuan and asked him to come to the cell office in Lodhi Colony and join an investigation, a lawyer said.
Vashisht’s lawyer Sanjay Srivastav told The Indian Express that “Vashisht was scared after he was stopped by the policemen and claimed that they were from Special Cell. They asked him to join a probe and left him after passersby gathered at the spot. Later, fearing arrest Vashisht asked me to filed an application in special cell’s court.”
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“But they (the special cell) replied that neither any FIR had been registered against the applicant/accused nor any complaint received against him,” the lawyer said.
After receiving the reply from the Special Cell, the lawyer said they thought that there is a possibility that officers from crime branch and operation teams of some district may be probing some case against him.
“We filed another application on May 7 under Section 438 of the Criminal Procedure Code (apprehending arrest on accusation of having committed a non-bailable offence). The case was first heard on May 8 and then adjourned till May 19. On May 19, the special staff told the court that it neither had any case against him nor had received any complaint against him,” he added.