The statement of a police official, who played a role in the probe into the murder of bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi, would be recorded by a Delhi court on January 14 as he failed to appear before it on Monday.
Additional Sessions Judge J S Aryan allowed the plea seeking adjournment on the ground that prosecution witness K P Singh, a Delhi Police Inspector, was unable to depose on Monday. The court, which has so far examined 129 witnesses in the seven-year-old high profile case, asked the police officer to come and depose on January 14.
In earlier proceedings, the prosecution had received a setback as an eye-witness turned hostile by refusing to identify prime accused Sher Singh Rana. The culprits, I had seen firing from their fire arms on the female (Phoolan) on July seven, 2001 were not accused Sher Singh Rana and Dheeraj alias Vicky, present in court, Vinod Vishwanath, who was declared a hostile witness, had told the court.
Vinod, deposing as 129th prosecution witness, had allegedly seen prime accused Rana and other firing at Phoolan when he was offering prayer at a 'mazar' outside the house of slain leader on the fateful day.
The witness, then working as a salesman with a private firm, alleged that he had not told the police that it was Rana and Dheeraj who had fired at the Samajwadi Party MP. Rana along with 11 others had allegedly conspired and killed the Samajwadi Party MP to avenge the 1981 Behmai massacre, in which she had killed 17 people of Thakur caste. The assailants had dropped their weapons at the murder spot after killing the MP outside her 44-Ashoka Road residence here on July 25, 2001.