Sadiq encounter: Barot sent to 2-day CBI custody
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The special CBI court sent Deputy Superintendent of Police Tarun Barot to CBI custody for two days on Wednesday in Sadiq Jamal Mehtar encounter case in 2003. Barot, who was produced before the court following his arrest on Tuesday, was accompanied by dozens of his supporters who thronged the courtroom and disrupted the proceeding several times.
There was such an uproar in the courtroom that CBI special judge A Y Dave told the audience not to pressurise him from taking a decision. The judge said, "I have no personal interest in the case and I have written in the order that during the custody the CBI should not violate any sort of rights Barot is entitled to."
Barot's production before the court was a reminder of the arrest of D G Vanzara in 2007 in Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case when his supporters had similarly thronged the court premises and raised slogans against the CBI.
Soon after Barot was produced before the court, CBI counsel Eyaz Khan demanded five days custody of Barot citing the case as "peculiar" which has inter-state ramifications (Maharashtra and Gujarat).
CBI in its remand application claimed that the accused needs further interrogation to "ascertain the modus operandi, role played by co-accused and to recover the incriminating material used in commissioning the crime".
The CBI also claimed that Barot needed to be examined further "to unearth the deep rooted conspiracy".
However, senior advocate Rohit Verma, who appeared in defence of Barot, told the court that the case is "comedy of errors, absurd and hilarious". He said the reason behind taking Barot into custody didn't have sufficient grounds as he was not even named in the original FIR. He also said nine years after the incident what incriminating materials CBI would collect now.
The magistrate A Y Dave, after considering the applications and arguments for about 30 minutes, remanded custody for two days till September 28. The judge said the grounds for custody was found to be reasonable and "since the case is of serious nature and the present accused happens to be a protector (police), he needs to be examined further like any other accused".