Seven of the 11 convicted policemen in the Lakhan Bhaiya fake encounter case have surrendered before the jail authorities and the rest had established contact with the prison that they were on their way, according to an official from Thane prison.
The 11 Mumbai policemen convicted in case had applied for more time to surrender before prison authorities but had got no relief.
Advocate Ramprasad Gupta, brother of alleged Chhota Rajan gang member Ramnarayan Gupta alias Lakhan Bhaiya, said “the Bombay High Court and Supreme Court,on Monday, refused to extend time for the 11 police officers to surrender.”
Till 8pm none of the 11 men had surrendered, said Thane prison officials who were expecting them to surrender before 12 midnight.
The Maharashtra Home Department, through a Government Resolution (GR), had suspended the life sentences of the 11 convicts and called for their release from Thane Central Prison for six months.
Advocate Ramprasad Gupta, brother of Lakhan Bhaiya had challenged the GR, contending that the government has no power to release people convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment before they have spent 14 years in jail.
The Bombay High Court had on December 21, 2015, granted interim stay on the Maharashtra government’s orders to suspend conviction of 11 policemen sentenced to life imprisonment for the fake encounter involving Lakhan Bhaiya in November 2006. The sentence was suspended for six months. The HC had asked the officers to surrender before the Thane prison authorities by Monday.