Ramprasad Gupta,brother of Ramnarayan Gupta alias Lakhan Bhaiya who was killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2006, Wednesday moved the Bombay High Court challenging the acquittal of encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma in the case.
Sharma was acquitted by a sessions court last month. The court had,however,convicted 21 persons in the case.
In his appeal,Gupta contended that on November 10,2006,Sharma was in touch with people who were keeping a tab on Lakhan Bhaiya and Anil Bheda,a witness allegedly killed subsequently.
Gupta said this proved Sharmas involvement in the conspiracy to kill Bhaiya in the staged encounter. Bheda was killed just three days before his deposition in the court as a prosecution witness. Gupta added that Bheda had been receiving threats.
Citing over 40 grounds showing Sharmas involvement in the case,Gupta asked the court to call upon the state government to put forward its stand on Sharmas acquittal in the case. He claimed that the court had erred in not appreciating the statements of witnesses in the case and material evidence placed before it.
The 21 convicts sentenced to life imprisonment include six police officers,seven constables and eight civilians. The prosecution said Bhaiya was picked up with friend Anil Bheda from Vashi on November 11,2006. They were taken to Andheri,where Gupta was allegedly killed. Bheda was allowed to go,but was reportedly picked up the next day and kept in illegal custody.
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