In a setback to the CBI,a Jaipur court on Thursday discharged BJP MLA and former minister Rajendra Singh Rathore in the Dara Singh fake counter case. Rathore was released from the Jaipur Central Jail where he had been held in judicial custody since April 5.
Jaipur District and Sessions Judge P C Jain discharged Rathore as a conspirator from the case citing no prima facie evidence,no proof of motive,and unreliable witness statements.
Rathores advocate Hemant Natha said: The court accepted our argument that there was no motive in the case for Rathore to be a party to the alleged crime. He added that there was no evidence against Rathore in the supplementary chargesheet.
In its chargesheet,the CBI had mentioned liquor gang rivalry as the motive behind the encounter. The agency had said Rathore and Dara Singh supported rival gangs and that Rathore had got Singh killed after the latter threatened to murder him.
Following his release,Rathore slammed the Ashok Gehlot government stating that the CBI was being misused for political purposes.
From the beginning I have maintained my innocence and today I have been vindicated. I have been fixed in this case and will start a campaign against this governments nefarious ways, he said.
The CBI is yet to decide on a future course of action. Special prosecutor Sarfaraz Khan said they would first have to peruse the 61-page judgment. We are waiting for a copy of the judgment after which we will decide on the next course of action, Khan said. The CBI can appeal to the Rajasthan High Court.
Meanwhile,the Rajasthan HC has granted bail to Assistant Sub-Inspector Surender Singh and Constable Sardar Singh,who were accused in the case.