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Cops want special prosecutor against Pradeep Sharma

The team probing the encounter of alleged gangster Ram Narayan Gupta, in which dismissed encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma is key accused, wants a special public prosecutor to oppose Sharma’s bail.

mumbai Updated: Feb 23, 2010 01:21 IST

The team probing the encounter of alleged gangster Ram Narayan Gupta, in which dismissed encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma is key accused, wants a special public prosecutor to oppose Sharma’s bail.

The Special Investigating Team probing the alleged fake encounter told the court it wants to appoint a special public prosecutor to oppose Sharma’s bail in the sessions court.

Public Prosecutor R.V. Kini told the court the team has already moved a request letter to the state government’s Law and Judiciary department for the appointment of a special public prosecutor.

Kini also told Hindustan Times that the team’s chief K.M.M Prasanna has recommended advocate J.N. Mishra to be appointed as special public prosecutor.

Sharma’s lawyer Shrikant Shivde said it was a delaying tactic adopted by the team. He alleged that the team’s “modus-operandi” was to arrest an accused (Sharma), then threaten other accused to give statements against him. Shivde also criticised the fact that Prasanna had laughed in court, asking how the officer had laughed off a serious matter.

On January 18, Sharma moved the sessions court seeking bail, saying he has been falsely implicated and that there is no evidence against him. Sharma also said the witness, Anil Bheda, did not name him in his initial statement, but had been compelled to change his statement and name Sharma as a culprit.

Sharma also said the other officers who have filed their affidavits in court, admitting that they fired at Gupta in self-defense, have not been arrested or interrogated by the team. Last year, the Bombay High Court asked the police to form the team and lodge an FIR against these police officers for the alleged encounter.