A special CBI court has found sufficient evidence to prosecute IPS officer J Ravinder Goud in an alleged fake encounter which killed 26-year-old Mukul Gupta in Bareilly in June 2007. The state government had rejected the CBI’s application twice to give prosecution sanction against Goud, who is presently posted as SSP Meerut. The CBI had investigated the case on the high court’s directive, and had filed a chargesheet against nine policemen excluding Goud at the local court in Lucknow.
“Special Judicial Magistrate Neelu Mainwal has found there is sufficient evidence against J Ravinder Goud to take cognizance under IPC sections 304 read with 34, 120-B, 193 and 218. Court has directed CBI to produce all remaining documents against J Ravinder Goud on January 7,” said CBI counsel Shobhit Singh.
The IPC sections include 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 193 (punishment for false evidence), 218 (Public servant framing incorrect record or writing with intent to save person from punishment or property from forfeiture), 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).
In August 2014, the CBI had filed chargesheet against nine other policemen, including four sub-inspectors and five constables, after obtaining prosecution sanction from the state government. The trial is yet to begin.
A native of Badaun district, Mukul was killed in a police encounter in Fatehganj area of Bareilly on June 30, 2007. Bareilly Police had then claimed they were tipped off about a group planning to rob a bank, and were passing through Fatehganj in a Tata Sumo vehicle.
Police claimed when they intercepted the vehicle, the men inside opened fire. During retaliatory firing, Mukul was killed.
After the “encounter”, Mukul’s father Brijendra Kumar Gupta moved Allahabad High Court seeking direction for CBI investigation. In 2010, court directed the CBI to investigate the case.
In its probe, the agency found that the occupants of the vehicle did not open fire when stopped. The CBI held Goud and nine other policemen guilty.
In 2012, the agency sought prosecution sanction against them.
In 2013, the state government for the first time denied sanction against J Ravinder Goud, and then denied sanction again in 2014.
In April, 2015, Brijendra Gupta and his wife Shanno Devi were found murdered in their house in City Kotwali police station area of Badaun. Decomposed bodies of the elderly couple were discovered by a relative two days after the murder.
In August 2016, CBI had taken up the investigation on the recommendation of the state government.