Suspended police inspector R L Mavani got bail in the Sadiq Jamal Mehtar encounter case by a special CBI court. This was the first bail granted in this case where the CBI has seen a direct role of Intelligence Bureau officials in the custodial killing of Sadiq.
The same court also denied bail to retired Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) also known as “encounter specialist” Barot. He is lodged in jail for almost two years now in connection with the encounter case.
The CBI judge M M Gandhi rejected after hearing both the applications jointly and had reserved the order for pronouncement last week.
The CBI has chargesheeted eight cops in the case including Barot and Mavani for killing Bhavnagar youth Sadiq in January 2003 in a fake police encounter. He was branded as a terrorist who had plans to kill the then chief minister Narendra Modi and VHP leader Pravin Togadia to avenge 2002 riots.
In this case, officers of Mumbai police and IB officers of Mumbai Subsidiary Intelligence Unit are also alleged to be involved. It has been claimed by the CBI that Sadiq was handed over to Gujarat police days before he was killed.