The sessions court on Thursday rejected the bail applications filed by suspended Senior Police Inspector Pradeep Suryavanshi and three others arrested for the alleged fake encounter of alleged Chhota Rajan aide Ramnarayan Gupta alias Lakhan Bhaiya.
Shailendra Pande, Akeel Khan alias Bobby and Munna Mohan Rai who are all under judicial custody had moved court seeking bail along with Suryavanshi.
Suryavanshi had applied for bail after the charge sheet was filed last month. He had contended that the encounter was genuine and the case was only to implicate dismissed encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma.
He too has been falsely implicated in the case, claimed Suryavanshi.
He also relied on statements given by two witnesses who have called the encounter genuine.
Additional Sessions Judge S. Malpani Pawar turned down the plea saying that the prima facie case was made out against the accused.
The sessions court also considered the possibility of the accused tampering with the evidence in case he was granted bail. On November 11, 2006, Suryavanshi who was then posted at the DN Nagar police station, allegedly led a team of 13 policemen, who killed Gupta near Nana Nani Park on Juhu-Versova Link Road.
One of Gupta’s accomplices managed to escape.
An initial report prepared by the Versova police stated that the police team fired five rounds at an armed Gupta who did not pay heed to the repeated warnings made by police to surrender.
A magisterial inquiry — ordered after Gupta’s brother Ramprasad moved the Bombay High Court alleging that his brother had been picked up from his residence in Navi Mumbai and killed in a fake encounter — concluded that the encounter was fake. Suryavanshi had been arrested in March from Andheri.