The Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to investigate the alleged fake encounter of Gurgaon gangster Sandeep Gadoli in Mumbai told a metropolitan magistrate’s court Thursday that senior officers in the Gurgaon Police were not cooperating with the probe. Five Gurgaon Police personnel have been booked in the case on charges of murder by the SIT.
An eight-member team of the Gurgaon Police, which carried out the alleged encounter on February 7, had claimed they had fired at Gadoli in self-defence after he shot at them first. The SIT probe revealed that the encounter was staged, following which the initial FIR filed at the behest of the Gurgaon Police against Gadoli was altered and charges of murder were added against the encounter team.
The prosecutor told the court they had informed the Supreme Court about the difficulties they were facing in their investigation. “During initial investigations even before the sections were changed or they were booked as accused, there was no cooperation from the officials. An SIT team was in Haryana for three days from May 19 to 21 after the murder charge was added in the FIR. Senior officers in the Gurgaon Police are also not cooperating with the probe,” public prosecutor Rajendra Suryavanshi told the Mumbai metropolitan court while seeking a non-bailable warrant against the accused.
The family members of Gadoli have alleged that senior police officers were behind the murder and had sought a judicial inquiry into the case.
The prosecutor said the accused were evading arrest. “A non-bailable warrant is sought for further action to be taken….Unless there is a standing warrant, the probe may come to a halt,” he argued.
The court, however, disposed of the petition without issuing the warrants, saying that the arrests be conducted as per procedure. “Admittedly, the material offences for which the above persons are appeared to be charged as accused are cognisable, non-bailable and severe in nature… Any police officer may, without an order from a magistrate and without a warrant, arrest any person against whom a reasonable complaint has been made or credible information has been received,” the order passed by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R K Deshpande states.
The order further states that the Mumbai Police has “liberty to take every possible steps/further necessary action”.