Vanzara, 13 others to undergo narco-test in Gujarat

April 25th, 2008 - 4:34 pm ICT by admin  

Ahmedabad, April 25 (IANS) After a sessions court accepted a police request to conduct narco-test on former senior Gujarat police official D.G. Vanzara and 13 others, the Forensic Science Laboratory, Gandhinagar is all set to perform the tests from May 5 to May 8. The CID crime branch had begun the process of conducting narco-tests on these cops after additional sessions judge R.H. Sharma granted permission March 13.

All the 14 accused are in judicial custody and lodged in Sabarmati jail. Those in custody, apart from Vanzara, include Indian Police Service officers Rajkumar Pandian, M.N. Dinesh, N.K. Amin, inspector N.H. Dabhi, constable Ajay Kumar, commando Santram Sharma and sub-inspectors N.V. Chauhan, Himanshusinh, and Shyamsinh.

DIG Rajnish Rai had moved an application in the chief metropolitan court here for the narco-test to be conducted on the accused. The court rejected the request.

The investigating agency then moved the city sessions court which allowed the petition after the prosecution referred to a decision by the Gujarat High Court in godmother Santokhben Jadeja case.

The High Court had held last year that consent of the accused is not required for performing such tests.

All the three IPS officers charged with the faked encounter-death of Sohrabuddin Sheikh completed one year in jail Thursday.

The arrest of Vanzara April 24 last year followed a statement by the state government in the Supreme Court. The government counsel told the court that the encounter of Sohrabuddin by Vanzara and his team was a fake.

Vanzara’s tenure saw spurt in killings while he headed the city Crime Branch.

Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi were picked up from a bus on the night of Nov 23, 2005 near Tandola village, 180 km from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. Sohrabuddin was later shot dead in a fake encounter Nov 26, 2005.

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