Dara Singh Encounter: HC notices to 9 accused acquitted by lower court

Jaipur: In Dara Singh encounter case which had attracted a lot publicity in past, HC has issued notices to 9 accused who had been acquitted by lower court. While, advocate AK Jain appearing from the side of 4 accused including the then SP, A Ponnuchami has raised objection towards delay in appeal by CBI. Notice has been issued by High Court while hearing the appeal of CBI. High Court will now hear the matter on December 2.

In March 2018, Jaipur’s ADJ 14 court while giving a decision had acquitted 17 accused including former minister Rajendra Rathore. This decision had come as a big jolt for CBI as the case had shaken the politics of the state. CBI challenged by filing an appeal. Hearing the appeal, the bench of Justice Sabina sought records from lower court. After studying them, the bench has on Thursday issued notice to 9 accused including Arshad Ali.

During the hearing, advocate AK Jain while appearing on behalf of 4 accused including A Ponnuchami opposed the appeal of CBI and challenged the appeal which has been filed with delay of 104 days. The matter dates back to 2006 when on the information of an informer, on October 23, 2006, during an encounter with police, Dara Singh was killed. His wife Sushila had claimed that encounter was fake and had fought till Supreme Court on the issue.

On SC orders, CBI had presented charge sheet against 17 accused after conducting an inquiry. In this, Rajendra Rathore who was the then Cabinet minister in Vasundhara Raje government, the then ADG AK Jain, the then SP, A Ponnuchami along with others were made accused. In this matter Rathore and 14 policemen including Jain and Ponnuchami were arrested. After spending 51 days behind bars, Rathore was acquitted by the court. Jain was also discharged. During hearing, prosecution had presented 194 witnesses, 705 documentary evidence.