The girlfriend of gangster Sandeep Gadoli, who was killed in an alleged encounter by Gurgaon police in a Mumbai hotel in February, has been named one of the accused, along with eight policemen, by the Special Investigation Team (SIT).
Gadoli, who kept the Gurgaon police on their toes for over two decades, was killed in an encounter at a hotel in Andheri (east) on February 7. He was carrying a reward of Rs 1.25 lakh on his head and was wanted in 36 cases, including murder and extortion.
Divya Pahuja, considered the sole eyewitness in the case, was made an accused, as the police claimed she acted as a conspirator in the alleged encounter, as the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a petition filed by Gadoli’s brother, Kuldeep Singh, on Friday.
“Pahuja was the only one in the room except the Gurgaon police and the deceased Gadoli . Her name has been added after our investigations found out that she had tipped off the policemen about Gadoli’s whereabouts,” an SIT officer said.
“She was constantly in touch with the policemen and her mother over WhatsApp and had been hinting them about their location,” he added.
The duo checked into Airport Metro hotel on February 6, 2016, following which the Gurgaon police laid a trap leading to the encounter the next day. The incident was captured by three CCTV cameras facing the hotel room.
The police alleged that Pahuja gave false statements to the SIT, which was later cleared after they got the CCTV footage of the incident.
“Pahuja gave her statement as it was narrated to her by the policemen. Even she claimed that Gadoli was the first one to fire bullets at the Gurgaon police and in retaliation they counter fired, which led to his death,” a police source said.
The source added that the policemen even tried to damage a CCTV camera facing Gadoli’s room and this act was captured by another camera.
Police officers have now added sections 193 (false evidence), 182 (giving false information to cause public servant to use his power to the injury of another person) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the eight cops and Gadoli’s girlfriend.
In March, the Bombay high court dismissed the writ petition and all applications filed by Gadoli’s brother.
Singh approached the HC claiming that the encounter was ”fake” and demanded all eight Haryana policemen involved in the incident and the assistant commissioner of police (ACP), Gurgaon, be booked for “murder”. Singh wanted a second post-mortem of Gadoli’s body.
The HC dismissed his pleas after attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, representing the Haryana police, argued that the Mumbai police could not register multiple FIRs for the same incident, as it would lead to “clutter and chaos” and prejudice the investigation.
Rohatgi was referring to the HC order of February 15 when the court ordered the Mumbai police to register an FIR against the members of the Haryana police, including the Gurgaon ACP.
The Supreme Court stayed the order and the case was sent back to the HC with directions that the Haryana policemen be made a party and granted a fair hearing.