Twenty-three days after his arrest, the Ahmedabad sessions court on Tuesday ordered release of Deputy Superintendent of Police KG Erda — accused in the 2002 Gulbarg Society massacre, on bail. Erda has been ordered to be released on a personal bond of Rs 20,000 after the court held that “his being negligent in discharging his duty cannot be connected with the act of the other accused”.
Erda, who is the only high ranking officer to be arrested by the Special Investigation Team in any of the nine most gruesome cases of communal killings during the 2002 riots, was arrested from his residence at Valsad on February 1.
He was arrested on charges of abetment of murder, rioting, dereliction of duty and destruction of evidence. He is also accused of not collecting evidence after the killings to nail the accused in the case. Erda was then a police inspector in Meghaninagar Police Station under the jurisdiction of which the Gulbarg society falls.
Erda’s counsel Mitesh Amin said, “The court took cognisance of our contention that the SIT had recorded Erda’s statement nine times and that he had been co-operating. And being a senior government servant he is will not abscond.”