The Gujarat High Court has ordered Mumbai-based journalist Ketan Tirodkar,who is considered to be a crucial source of information in the Sadiq Jamal Mehtar encounter case,to either appear before the court on Thursday or face arrest.
The CBI which is investigating the case had recently sought an extension of three months from the HC and had claimed that Tirodkar was not cooperating in the investigation. CBI counsel Yogesh Ravani said that the agency wanted to interrogate Tirodkar as he was important to the investigation. Tirodkars advocate Japan Dave appeared before the court and informed that Tirodkar will appear tomorrow. The court has allowed Dave to remain present with Tirodkar during the interrogation.
When asked whether Tirodkar will be considered an accused or a witness in the case,CBI officials said that they would like to interrogate him first and then the agency would act accordingly.
Tirodkar had claimed in his affidavit that he had mediated in the handing over of Jamal to suspended police officer D G Vanzara,who is currently in jail for his involvement in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. Tirodkar had also claimed that he handed Jamal over in Mumbai,near Sanjay Gandhi Park in 2003.
Sadiq was killed in an alleged fake encounter by the DCB on January 13,2003.