Rajasthan IPS officer Rajeev Dasot has accused his junior colleague Dinesh M.N. of misleading him on the details of the stage-managed encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in November 2005.
Dasot was then inspector general (IG) of the Udaipur range and Dinesh was superintendent of police, Udaipur district.
Dasot is now IG of the Kota range, and Dinesh is in jail in Gujarat.
“Dinesh called me just before leaving (for Gujarat) and told me that Sohrabuddin was a notorious criminal of Rajasthan. I asked him why a senior person like him should go to arrest Sohrabuddin. I asked him to send a strong police party but he said he was in touch with the Gujarat police and therefore wanted to personally go for his arrest,” Dasot has stated in his testimony before the CBI.
After the encounter death on November 26, Dinesh and three policemen went to Udaipur, where the then chief minister Vasundhara Raje, who happened to be there, congratulated him. She announced a special reward for Dinesh, Dasot has reportedly told the CBI.
Dinesh had taken three other policemen who had also been accused in the fake encounter case and are lodged in the Sabarmati jail in Ahmedabad.
Before taking permission from Dasot, Dinesh had taken permission from the Rajasthan Director General regarding his trip to Gujarat for nabbing Sohrabuddin, who was wanted in connection with the murder of a local extortionist called Hamid Lala.
Dasot said the three policemen who accompanied Dinesh were not part of the team that was probing the Hamid Lala murder case.
Dasot has denied having received any input or intelligence regarding Sohrabuddin’s alleged association with the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba. “We did not get any information ever from the central intelligence agencies or any other state police regarding Sohrabuddin’s terrorist links,” Dasot has said.