Vidya Kasle,special public prosecutor in the alleged fake encounter of Ramnarayan Gupta,alias Lakhan Bhaiyya,has not been paid for her legal services since her appointment in October last year.
Kasle,one of the senior prosecutors in the state,has written to the Law and Judiciary department seeking an urgent intervention into the matter,saying that she will have to consider resigning if her dues are not cleared at the earliest.
The dues,pending for nearly eight months,run into lakhs,said a legal department source.
Kasle,who is at present out of country could not be reached.
Pradeep Sharma,one of the key accused in the case also an encounter specialist,has been accused of conspiring and getting Gupta,a Chhota Rajan gang-member killed in 2006.
Principal secretary (Law and Judiciary) Vijay Achliya,confirmed the delay and also said it was for the state home department to deal with the payment. We only appoint special public prosecutors after a Government Resolution is issued by the Home Department. Law and Judiciary department handles appointments of only assistant prosecutors and prosecutors, said Achliya.
The trial began last year on day-to-day basis,with R N Mishra as a prosecutor. However,Mishra resigned in October,following which Kasle was appointed. So far 63 witnesses have been examined,including complainant and Guptas brother Ram Gupta.
Lakhan Bhaiyya was killed in an allegedly fake encounter on November 11,2006 in suburban Versova.
The Bombay High court in February 2008 ordered magisterial inquiry into the encounter. In August 2009,the magistrate submitted a report which stated Gupta had been murdered in cold blood. The High Court later formed a Special Investigation Team which arrested Sharma and other police officers.