THE NEXT hearing on the bail plea of ABVP leader and Prof Sabharwal death case accused Shashi Ranjan Akela has been fixed for February 14.
The Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court has called for the case diary and summoned investigating officer on the next date after hearing brief arguments from government advocate Ganesh Singh Chauhan and Akela’s counsel Jai Singh on Friday. The bench of Justice S S Dwivedi is expected to question the investigating officer about the statements given by witnesses to the investigating agency.
The prosecution in the much-publicised Professor Sabharawal murder case has suffered a major setback with two main witnesses turning hostile in Ujjain district court last Monday. The next date for hearing at Ujjain is February 19.
The police had registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC against unnamed accused, but after facing severe criticism, the State Government handed over the matter to CID. The CID made six ABVP activists, including its then State president Shashi Ranjan Akela, Vimal Tomar, Vishal Rajoria, Pankaj Mishra, Hemant Dubey and Sudhir Yadav, as accused in the case. All accused are under judicial custody right from their day of arrest.