The trial court on Thursday continued to hear the deposition of the first prosecution witness, complainant and brother of Ramnarayan Gupta alias Lakhan Bhaiya, who was killed in an alleged fake police encounter in 2006.
Advocate Ramprasad Gupta appeared before the court and told the court what he saw when he first reached the spot of the alleged encounter.
Gupta told the court that he had recorded a video of the spot on his mobile phone.
“On November 11, my friend Ganesh Iyer, an advocate and I rushed to Nana-Nani Park in Versova where the encounter had taken place. We spotted a small puddle of blood near an electric pole. There was a newspaper and a few stones lying on top of it,” said Ramprasad.
Following this, the trial court viewed the video and also watched a video filmed by news reporters from a television channel who had reached the spot soon after.
The defence objected to Ramprasad’s video.
“The video has no date or time. The date and time could have been changed before filming the video,” said senior counsel Harshad Ponda.
“Proving that it was filmed on November 11, 2006, is impossible which makes it inadmissible as evidence,” Ponda added.
The defence also argued that Ramprasad’s admission did not disclose the existence of the video till the first information report was lodged which has further cast doubts on the video’s authenticity. Former ‘encounter specialist’, police officer Pradeep Sharma, the key accused in the matter, was booked following a judicial magistrate’s findings that Lakhan Bhaiya was killed in a fake encounter killing in 2006.
Later, the high court formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe into the alleged fake encounter case.
The SIT, on January 8, arrested Sharma, while senior inspector Pradeep Suryawanshi, who allegedly lead the team of police officers on the encounter day, were arrested on March 4.
In a recent development, the remains of Anil Bheda, the sole eye-witness to the alleged encounter who had gone missing from his Vashi residence on March 13, were found by Navi Mumbai police.
The sessions court will hear the matter on August 2.