MEDIA REPORTS REGARDING DARA SINGH ALLEGED FAKE ENCOUNTER CASE AND OTHER CASES OF RAJASTHAN

Press Release
New Delhi , 07.04.2012

            Reports have been published in a section of the media regarding CBI investigation in the Dara Singh alleged fake encounter case and other investigations pertaining to the State of Rajasthan . Facts published therein are unsubstantiated and require clarification.

 

            CBI wishes to clarify that it has investigated number of cases in the State of Rajasthan, on being entrusted by the Hon'ble Supreme Court / High Court of Rajasthan or on the request of Govt. of Rajasthan. The CBI investigation of the cases was conducted in professional, fair and transparent manner to unravel the truth.

 

            In the Dara Singh alleged Fake encounter case, the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, vide its order dated 09.04.2010 had directed the CBI to investigate the Case,on a petition filed by wife of deceased Dara Singh. Dara Singh was killed by the SOG police officials of Rajasthan on 23.10.2006 in an encounter. It was alleged by the family of the deceased that the encounter was fake.

 

            The CBI accordingly registered the case on 23.04.2010 and took up investigation after a gap of more than three years on the orders of Hon'ble Supreme Court. After painstaking and thorough investigation ,CBI filed charge-sheet on 03.06.2011 against 16 accused persons and kept the investigation open against the then Minister of Rajasthan u/s 173(8) CR.P.C. In spite of efforts made by interested parties to obliterate and destroy the evidence before & during the investigation, CBI could detect the case. During the course of investigation, accused persons were examined and given sufficient opportunity to present their plausible explanation / defence.

 

            During the period of further investigation, accused persons were interrogated as well as statement of witnesses was recorded. All of them shed light, not only on the incident but also the conspiracy. A clear picture, thus, emerged about the entire case and CBI filed supplementary charge sheet on 05.04.2012, against the former Minister(presently an MLA), after full investigation including interrogation of the arrested accused.

 

            Taking someone into police custody depends upon the requirements of investigation. Police custody of an accused is generally required when some material fact is to be ascertained from an accused, which was not so in this case, as the accused joined the investigation and had submitted facts desired by CBI. Moreover, it is generally a requirement in the Courts of Rajasthan that the accused has to be forwarded to the Court along with the charge-sheet.

 

            Further, this case is being closely monitored by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India. Till date, CBI has submitted four Status Reports as per the directions of the Hon'ble Court. Hon'ble Court had given direction to the CBI to complete the investigation by 6.4.2012 in all respects which the CBI could comply. Matter is already listed before the Hon'ble Supreme Court on 13.4.2012.

 

            Contrary to reports published in the media, CBI has had an excellent track record in investigations conducted in Rajasthan. The Bureau has filed exhaustive chargesheets in the Bhanwari Devi alleged Abduction & Murder Case after completion of a difficult investigation. A Former Minister of the Rajasthan Government and another MLA & others were arrested and chargesheet was filed revealing the role of all the accused. Further investigation u/s 173 (8) CrPC is still continuing.

 

            The cases relating to Gopalgarh in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan were registered by CBI on 11 October 2011 on basis of notification by Department of Personnel & Training, Govt. of India, on the request of the State Government of Rajasthan. On 13 September 2011 ,over a land dispute at Gopalgarh Village,there was altercation between two communities , which led to rioting and some lives were lost.

 

            During CBI investigation, 15 accused were arrested, and a chargesheet against 10 accused persons, were filed for rioting and other relevant offences.

 

            Investigation is still continuing as 18 more cases with regard to incident in Gopalgarh have been registered in Feb 2012.

 

            It may be further mentioned that Hon'ble High Courts all over the country and the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India have time and again reposed faith in the CBI by entrusting investigation of complicated & sensitive cases. This is the best appreciation that the CBI can get for its professional ability and also the reflection of the motto on which CBI stands- Industry, Impartiality and Integrity.

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