A Delhi court on Thursday sent four Uttarakhand policemen, allegedly involved in the July 2009 killing of a 22 year old MBA student in a staged shootout near Dehradun, to judicial custody till May 9.
Special judge V K Maheshwari sent accused inspector Santosh Kumar Jaiswal and sub inspectors Gopal Dutt Bhatt, Niraj Yadav and Chandra Mohan Singh Rawat to Tihar Jail. The court also issued fresh non bailable warrants (NBW) against three other police officials - Rajesh Bisht, Nitin Chauhan and Ajit Singh, after they failed to appear before it, despite issuance of NBWs against them on the last date of hearing.
The 11 other accused against whom the court had issued notices on the last date of hearing were also present in the court. The court has now posted the matter for arguments on charge on May 9.
On the last date of hearing, the court had issued NBWs against seven Uttrakhand police officials and notices to 11 other accused in the case, in which MBA student Ranbir was allegedly gunned down by the Uttarakhand Police on July 3, 2009. Ranbir, a native of Merrut had gone to Dehradun in search of a job when the police personnel of Dalanwala police station had allegedly pumped 29 bullets into him from close range on July 2, 2009, after branding him as a robber.
The case was transferred from Dehradun to Delhi by the Supreme Court last month, following a request by Ranbir's parents. The apex court had earlier quashed the Uttarakhand High Court order and had cancelled the bail of the seven police officials - inspector Santosh Kumar Jaiswal, constable Ajit Singh and sub-inspectors Nitin Chauhan, Gopal Dutt Bhatt, Rajesh Bisht, Chander Mohan Singh Rawat and Niraj Yadav.
The CBI court in New Delhi had then issued fresh NBWs against the accused police officials, after CBI prosecutor Brajesh Shukla said that a Dehradun court had already issued warrants against them after the apex court had cancelled their bail last month.
The court had issued notices against 11 other accused namely Satbir Singh, Sunil Saini, Chander Pal, Saurabh Nautiyal, Nagender Rathi, Vikas Chandra Baluni, Sanjay Rawat, Mohan Singh Rana, Inder Bhan Singh, Jaspal Singh Gosain and Manoj Kumar. The seven police personnel were earlier arrested in this case.
As the accused were local police personnel, the case was entrusted to CBI. The charge sheet in the case was filed in the court of Special Judicial Magistrate (CBI), Dehradun on December 22, 2009 against the 18 accused.