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Phoolan case: Court allows accused's plea

delhi Updated: May 21, 2008 19:24 IST

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An accused in the Phoolan Devi murder case has been allowed by a Delhi court to attend the last rites of his nephew at Haridwar in Uttarakhand.

Additional Sessions Judge VK Bansal allowed the parole application of Rajbir Singh seeking permission to participate in the rituals and directed the police to take steps to prevent him from escaping.

"Superintendent Jail is directed to take applicant Rajbir to village to attend the 'terahvi' ceremony after making proper arrangement for his safe custody," the court said.

It also directed Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Haridwar to make all arrangement to prevent from jumping parole.

In his plea, Rajbir said that he wanted to go to his village in Haridwar district as his nephew Kunwar Singh had been murdered on May 12.

Earlier, Special Public Prosecutor SK Saxena opposed the plea of the accused saying that he may jump parole like the murder's prime accused Sher Singh Rana had once escaped from Tihar and remained enlarged for more than two years.

After the arguments, the court allowed Rajbir's plea as the police confirmed that his nephew had indeed been murdered.

Rajbir and Shekhar Singh, co-accused in the murder case of Samajwadi Party MP, were arrested after they surrender in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh 2001.

Rana had escaped from the Tihar jail in New Delhi in February 2004 after his arrest from Dehradun in Uttrakhand in 2001. He was, however, re-arrested from Kolkata last year.

Rana along with 11 others had allegedly conspired to murder Phoolan allegedly to avenge the 1981 Behmai massacre, in which she killed 17 people, all belonging to Thakur caste. The MP was shot dead outside her Ashoka Road residence here on July 25, 2001.