A Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court has found sufficient evidence to prosecute IPS officer and Meerut SSP J Ravinder Goud for the killing of 26-year-old Mukul Gupta in an alleged fake encounter at Bareilly in June 2007.
The state government had twice rejected CBI’s application for prosecution sanction against Goud. The agency had investigated the case on the high court’s directive and charged nine other policemen except Goud in 2014.
“Special Judicial Magistrate Neelu Mainwal has found there is sufficient evidence against J Ravinder Goud to take cognizance under IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), read with 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 193 (false evidence) and 218 (public servant framing incorrect record or writing),’’ said CBI counsel Shobhit Singh. “(The) Court has directed CBI to produce all remaining documents against J Ravinder Goud on January 7.’’
The police had claimed that Gupta, a Badaun resident, was killed after they received a tip-off about some men who were planning a bank robbery passing through Bareilly’s Fatehganj.
The police claimed that Gupta was killed in retaliatory fire after the men fired at them when they were intercepted. The Allahabad High Court ordered a CBI investigation on the plea of Gupta’s father, Brijendra Kumar Gupta, in 2010.
The agency found that the men had not fired and held Goud and nine other policemen guilty. In 2012, the CBI sought prosecution sanction against them. The trial in the case is yet to begin. The CBI is also investigating the murder of Gupta’s parents at their home in Badaun in April 2015.