In less than two hours, Special Public Prosecutor B P Raju concluded his submissions against the 22 accused facing trial, summarising the evidence given by 210 prosecution witnesses, 92 of which have turned hostile.
“I had made an attempt to seek permission from Inspector General of Police CID (Crime) Geeta Johri, to visit Udaipur Central prison to record the statement of Tulsiram, but could not get permission,” Solanki told the special court.
According to the FIR filed by the police team escorting Tulsiram to jail in December 2006, the deceased had escaped from a moving train near Shyamlaji in Gujarat by throwing chilli powder in their eyes.
The man, who appeared before the court as a prosecution witness, claimed that when he was attending a court hearing in Ahmedabad in 2010, his co-accused, Azam Khan, introduced him to a CBI officer, identified as Dagar.
While in his earlier statement to the CBI, the witness had claimed that he had not seen any chilli powder in the eyes of two policemen — Yudhvir Singh and Kartar Singh — he did not mention that part of his statement before the court on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the witness denied the parts of his earlier statement, where he had claimed that Gujarat policeman Ashish Pandya would frequently visit his shop and that he had given a SIM card to him in 2006.
According to the CBI chargesheet, on the instruction of former Gujarat DIG D G Vanzara, Vipul Aggarwal summoned ATS officer Ashish Pandya, who was on leave, to kill Tulsiram Prajapati in a fake encounter.