Updated: June 15, 2015 3:43:57 pm
The Gujarat High Court on Monday granted bail to two policemen who allegedly shot at Sadiq Jamal Mehtar in a fake encounter in 2003. The accused had sought bail on the ground of delay in trial and their medical condition.
The accused JG Parmar and Irshad Ali Saiyed, both retired Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP), were granted bail by the single bench of justce ZK Saiyed on the ground that there is no likelihood of beginning of trial in near future. The court also considered their medical ground. The duo are in their mid 60s who claimed in their applications that they are suffering from various age related ailments.
The CBI had opposed the bail applications, saying that the “two are the firers” who should not be released from the jail as they might tamper with the evidence. The CBI had also argued that though five accused, who are also part of the criminal conspiracy, have been granted bail but Parmar and Saiyed couldn’t seek parity as the duo had shot at Sadiq from their service revolver. And therefor, their role is more serious than the five accused out on bail.
The CBI investigation had revealed that Sadiq was killed in January 2003 in a fake police encounter in cold blood. He was branded as a terrorist who had plans to kill the then chief minister Narendra Modi and VHP leader Pravin Togadia to avenge the 2002 post-Godhra riots.
The CBI in December 2013 had chargesheeted eight policemen for crimes involving abduction, illegal confinement and murder. CBI chargesheet alleges that Bhavnagar-based youth Sadiq was in the custody of Mumbai police and was latter handed over to Gujarat police.
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