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Rana chargesheeted in 2004 jailbreak case

Delhi Police filed a supplementary chargesheet against Rana, main accused in the murder of Phoolan Devi.

india Updated: May 27, 2006 20:00 IST

The Delhi Police on Saturday filed a supplementary chargesheet against Sher Singh Rana, main accused in the murder of dacoit-turned-Member of Parliament Phoolan Devi, in connection with his sensational escape from a high-security prison in Tihar two years ago.

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police has named Rana as a co-accused along with four others, including his brother Vikram Singh, in the 2004 jailbreak case, presently being tried before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Seema Maini.

Rana has been accused of offences under sections 223 (escape from confinement), 224 (resistance to lawful apprehension of another), 419 (personation), 420 (dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 467 (forgery) of the IPC.

Vikram and the other three accused - Subhash Singh, Sandeep Thakur, a UP-based gangster and Sunil Kumar Aggarwal - are already facing trial in the jailbreak case, of which the chargesheet was filed on April 27, 2004.

Rana, who hoodwinked Tihar Jail authorities in 2004 with the help of an aide disguised as a police constable, was arrested only in April this year.

During the intervening two years as a fugitive, he had allegedly crossed national borders and even claimed to have brought the remains of Prithvi Raj Chauhan to India.

Meanwhile, Additional Sessions Judge VK Bansal, hearing the Phoolan Devi murder case, has dismissed an application moved by the police to produce Rana during trial in handcuffs.

The court rejected the plea, filed on the apprehension that Rana might escape again, observing that such a precaution would be unnecessary as the available security was sufficient.

Rana allegedly shot dead Devi outside her Ashoka Road residence here on July 25, 2001.

First Published: May 27, 2006 20:00 IST