Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Gujarat fake encounters: Bombay high court grants bail to 3 police officers

A month after the Supreme Court granted bail to suspended IPS officer Rajkumar Pandian in the Sohrabuddin-Tulsiram fake encounter cases, the Bombay high court on Monday ordered the release of IPS officers Abhay Chudasama and Dinesh M N along with deputy SP M L Parmar in the cases dating from 2005 and 2006, respectively. 

But the prosecuting agency, the CBI, sought a stay for three weeks to question the bail order in the case of Dinesh M N, a Rajasthan-cadre officer, fearing tampering with the evidence. Sources said the court stayed the order and kept another hearing on Tuesday. 

The court granted bail to the three police officers on bonds of Rs 1 lakh each and providing solvency of an equal amount. It asked them not to "directly or indirectly make an inducement, threat or promise to any person acquainted with the facts of the case so as to dissuade him to disclose facts to the court". 

The HC granted bail to the officers after granting them the benefit of parity with co-accused like Pandian — who was released on the apex court's orders on March 28 on the grounds the trial did not seem possible in the near future.

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