A senior police official,whom the CBI has named as one of the 20 accused in its charge sheet in the Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter case,today moved the Gujarat High Court seeking anticipatory bail.
Justice Sonia Gokani,on the request of advocate Kirtikant Nanavati,who appeared for Deputy Superintendent of Police RK Patel,adjourned the hearing till tomorrow.
On September 4,the CBI had filed the charge sheet in the magisterial court of Danta,Banaskantha naming former minister of state for home and Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s close aide Amit Shah among the accused.
Former state police chief P C Pande and IPS officers O P Mathur,D G Vanzara and Geetha Johri were also named in the charge sheet submitted in the court of judicial magistrate D R Joshi.
“I have enough reasons to believe that I will be arrested. I have not been served with either FIR or a charge sheet implicating me and my reasons to believe that I will be arrested are only based on the front-page news in one of the respectable daily newspapers,” Patel said in his petition.
Prajapati,an eye-witness in the encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh,was allegedly killed in a fake encounter by Gujarat Police at Chhapri,in Banaskantha district on December 28,2006.
Patel,currently a Deputy Superintendent of Police of Sarkhej Division,Ahmedabad (Rural),was the investigating officer in the Prajapati encounter case from September 29,2007 to April,2011,when it was being probed by the CID Crime,Gujarat.