Tarun Barot brought Sadiq from Mumbai to kill: CBI chargesheet

The chargesheet, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, makes no mention of former Mumbai journalist Ketan Tirodkar who is also a key accused in the case.

Tirodkar, now out on bail, had claimed that he had handed over Sadiq to Gujarat police officials (to a bearded man possibly suspended IPS officer D G Vanzara) in his affidavits before Mumbai's MCOCA court as well as the Gujarat High Court.

The chargesheet says, "Tarun A Barot, the then police inspector of DCB, along with other staff left Ahmedabad for Mumbai on January 2, 2003 in an official vehicle (GJ1G-3343) and reached Mumbai on January 3. He took Sadiq from the custody of Central Intelligence Unit (CIU), Andheri, Mumbai, on the same day and returned Ahmedabad the next day on January 4. Sadiq was illegally confined by DCB officials at Bungalow No-15, Dafnala, Shahibaug till his killing in the intervening night of January 12/13, 2003."

CBI investigation reveals, "As a pre-plan conspiracy on January 12 evening, police inspectors J G Parmar, I A Saiyed, K M Vaghela, sub-inspectors R L Mavani, G H Gohil, constables Ajaypalsingh Siyaram Yadav and Chhtrasinh Manubha Chudasama (all arrested by CBI) discussed the modalities of elimination of Sadiq in a stage-managed encounter at Sai Baba Complex area, Galaxy Cinema, Naroda."

Police Sub-Inspector Gohil visited DCB office at 8 pm accompanied by other team members and took Sadiq to Naroda in the tempo traveller police vehicle. At 10 pm police inspector Saiyed and other members left DCB office in official vehicle whereas police inspector Parmar and others left office in a private Tata Sumo. At 10.30 pm they all reached near Sai Baba Complex.

The chargesheet notes how the police chose a secluded place on the outskirts of the city.

"Finally, at about 1.15 am on January 13, Sadiq was shot dead in a stage-managed encounter near Jai Ambe Traders, Sai Baba Complex. Out of total of 11 bullets fired by encounter team, five and six rounds respectively from their 0.38 service revolvers by police inspectors J G Parmar and I A Saiyed. The police also planted a country-made revolver of 0.32 bore and ammunition on deceased Sadiq and shown their recovery from the place of encounter," the chargesheet reads.

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