Suspended IPS officer G L Singhal,an accused in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case,on Thursday filed a default bail application before the special CBI court. The hearing in this regard has been scheduled for Friday. The move comes after the CBI failed to file the chargesheet following completion of 90 days since Singhal was arrested on February 21 and was given CBI remand the next day. The law enables an accused to get default bail if the investigating agency fails to file chargesheet in the stipulated time frame under section 167 (2) of the code of criminal procedure.
So far,the CBI has arrested six policemen,including Singhal,deputy superintendent of police N K Amin,Tarun Barot,G J Parmar,among others. While another accused policeman,additional general of police PP Pandey,is still at large against whom an arrested warrant was issued early this month by a CBI court.
The CBI has not opened its card on why it has not filed the chargesheet. There were all kinds of rumour behind the CBIs move of making Singhal eligible for bail. Since his arrest,Singhal has been questioned by the CBI four times at the Sabarmati Central Jail where he is lodged under judicial custody. Sources said that a team of CBI officials had questioned him a couple of days ago.
The central agencys move has irked several accused policemen who have been booked in Tulsiram Prajapati encounter case. During their regular production before the special CBI court,these accused policemen blamed the CBI for their biased attitude. The suspended policemen who were produced before the CBI court included suspended IPS officers D G Vanzara,Rajkumar Pandian,Dinesh MN,DySP Vipul Agrawal,among others.
These accused policemen,who are lodged at Taloja jail in Mumbai and Palanpur sub- jail in north Gujarat,were curious to know why only Singhal was being given a chance to get the bail and not others who were cooling their heels in the jails for the past six years. The accused were produced before the judge H S Khutwad in whose court Singhal filed application for default bail. Its been more than one-and-a-half month since the Supreme Court clubbed the Tulsiram Prajapati case with the Sohrabuddin encounter case. We are being produced here every 15th day all the way from Mumbai. We are tired of it. We fail to understand why the CBI has been acting like this, said one of the accused policemen.