A court in New Delhi on Monday dismissed the bail plea of an undertrial accused of helping prime suspect Sher Singh Rana in the murder of bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi.
"Perusal of record indicates that there was enough material evidence against him to establish his involvement in the commission of the offence as alleged by the prosecution," Additional Sessions Judge Brijesh Kumar Garg said, dismissing the bail application of Surender Singh Negi.
Negi, a resident of Uttarakhand who is in jail since his arrest in 2002 in the case, had allegedly helped Rana in fabricating evidence about his presence in Uttarakhand on the day of the murder of Phoolan Devi in Delhi.
Citing the chargesheet, the court said Negi and others had allegedly created a "ground of alibi" for Rana to prove that he was in a Haridwar jail on July 25 in 2001, the day when Phoolan was killed.
For that purpose alone, Rana had kept alive a criminal case, lodged under the Excise Act, in Haridwar. Co-accused Sharvan posed himself as Rana and was sent to Haridwar jail after surrendering in the court there, the prosecution alleged.
Rana, along with 11 others, allegedly conspired and killed Phoolan Devi, Samajwadi Party MP, on July 25 in 2001 to avenge the 1981 Behmai massacre in which she killed 17 people of Thakur community.