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First major arrest in Prajapati ‘encounter’,SP held

Dahod SP Vipul Aggarwal was arrested from Gandhinagar on Monday in connection with the Tulsi Prajapati “encounter” case.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
May 4, 2010 2:35:42 am

Dahod SP Vipul Aggarwal was arrested from Gandhinagar on Monday in connection with the Tulsi Prajapati “encounter” case. Prajapati was the lone eyewitness in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh “encounter” case,in connection with which Deputy Commissioner of Police,Ahmedabad City Detection of Crime Branch,Abhay Chudasama was arrested recently.

Prajapati was killed on December 29,2006,in an alleged encounter before the CID (Crime) probing the Sohrabuddin case could take his statement. Aggarwal was the Banaskantha SP at the time of the Prajapati encounter.

This is the first major arrest in the case by the Gujarat CID (Crime).

Incidentally,the Gujarat government has so far been refusing to hand over papers related to the Prajapati encounter case to the CBI probing Sohrabuddin’s death. The agency had asked for the papers on the grounds that the Supreme Court had asked it to probe into the “larger consipracy” behind Sohrabuddin’s killing.

Earlier in the day,Gujarat-cadre IPS officers Girish Singhal and Rajnish Rai had appeared before the CBI in connection with the Sohrabuddin case. The CBI had summoned the two along with four other current and retired IPS officers,including Geetha Johri,O P Mathur,V V Rabari and G C Raigar.

SC: Past orders won’t affect Pandiyan plea

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday gave liberty to senior IPS officer Rajkumar Pandiyan to approach the Gujarat High Court or the CBI court concerned for bail. Pandiyan,who is in jail since April 24,2007,can now make a fresh application for bail regardless of any incriminating orders passed against him by the High Court or the Supreme Court in the past. ENS

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