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Gujarat cop sent to judicial custody in Sadiq case

A court rejected a request made by the Central Bureau of Investigation [CBI] on Friday to grant further custody of the Mehsana DSP Tarun Barot in the 2003 Sadiq Jamal Mehtar encounter case, and sent him to 15-days in judicial custody in the Sabaramati Central Jail.

The additional chief judicial magistrate H S Khutwad rejected the investigating agency's plea, which sought a three-day further remand after the completion of the two-day custody. The CBI had arrested Barot on 25 September, following his interrogation for more than four hours at its Gandhinagar office. He is the second person to be arrested after the former Mumbai scribe Ketan Tirodkar in the case.

The CBI again sought the Gujarat cop's custody for three more days on the grounds that during the interrogation Barot was non-cooperative, evasive and had not revealed details of the crime. 'We are faced with the offender who is not co-operating and not disclosing any details of modus operandi applied by the co-accused of the case,' the CBI counsel Ejaz Khan argued.

He also mentioned that in a case of fake encounter when a police officer is involved, the Supreme Court has suggested awarding death penalty and this was also a case of grave crime.

On the petition filed by Sadiq's brother, the Gujarat high court had in June last year ordered a CBI probe into the encounter case involving high rank officers, including the suspended IPS officer D G Vanzara, one of the key accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
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