MLA discharge in Dara case: HC orders probe

The Rajasthan High Court has ordered a probe into the alleged conspiracy that resulted in sessions judge P C Jain discharging BJP legislator Rajendra Rathore,a key accused in the Dara Singh fake encounter case

Written by Apurva | Jaipur | Published:June 8, 2012 12:38 am

The Rajasthan High Court has ordered a probe into the alleged conspiracy that resulted in sessions judge P C Jain discharging BJP legislator Rajendra Rathore,a key accused in the Dara Singh fake encounter case.

The judge on May 31 discharged Rathore for lack of prima facie evidence and reliable witness statements. Besides Rathore,16 persons,including Additional DGP A K Jain and IGP A Ponnuchami,are accused in the case. They are all in judicial custody.

Following Rathore’s acquittal,advocate Sumer Singh Ola wrote to the Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court,the Governor,the Chief Justice of India and the President that the judge’s decision smacked of conspiracy.

In his complaint,Ola pointed out that never in a career of 20 years had judge Jain discharged a murder accused before the trial. “This is a serious case concerning a fake encounter being monitored by the Supreme Court and any allegations of foul play must be cleared immediately,” Ola added.

Ola’s June 4 letter came a day after Dara Singh’s widow Sushila Devi,brother Sisram and Jat Mahasabha chief Rajaram Meel leveled similar allegations. Sushila and Sisram have since pleaded with a local court to shift the case out of Rajasthan for a free and fair trial.

Taking note of the allegations,the High Court Registrar for Vigilance on Thursday issued a notice to Ola,Sushila,Sisram and Meel to appear before it on Friday to record their statements. The notice also asked them to bring along evidence,if any,to back their charges.

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