THE MUMBAI Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the death of Haryana gangster Sandeep Gadoli is likely to file the first chargesheet in the case this week.
According to sources, the chargesheet will detail the role of Gurgaon police Sub-Inspector (PSI) Pradhyuman Yadav, who was arrested on July 6. Five more persons have been arrested since. The SIT’s chargesheet will cite as prime evidence CCTV footage of the hotel where the alleged fake encounter took place. Yadav is currently lodged at Mumbai’s Arthur Road prison.
Gadoli, who had over 30 cases registered against him, was shot dead by a Gurgaon police team led by sub-inspector Pradhyuman Yadav inside Hotel Airport Metro, located near the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, on February 7. While the Gurgaon police team claimed they had fired in self-defence, the SIT formed by the Mumbai Police concluded that the encounter was fake, and filed an FIR against eight persons, including five men of the Gurgaon Police.
Gadoli’s family members alleged that a rival gangster in Haryana had paid the Gurgaon police team to bump him off.
An officer linked to the probe said that while they had time till October 4 to file the chargesheet, they were likely to submit it by the weekend.
“We have enough evidence to prove Yadav’s role. Primarily, the CCTV footage should make it clear that no attempt was made to save Gadoli’s life,” the officer said.
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He added that more than one chargesheet is likely in the case. “Since the accused were not arrested together, we will file separate chargesheets detailing their roles,” the officer said.
Meanwhile, Gadoli’s family members are awaiting a court order on an application they had filed for a magistrate probe into the case. The family has been claiming that several senior officers allegedly involved in killing Gadoli were not named by the Mumbai Police SIT.