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Rajasthan BJP legislator directed to surrender before court

Posted on Oct 26, 02:23PM | IANS

The Rajasthan High Court Friday directed BJP legislator and former minister Rajendra Singh Rathore to surrender before it while setting aside a lower court order giving him a clean chit in a six-year-old criminal case, a lawyer said here Friday.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) June 26 moved a revision petition against the lower court's verdict, claiming that it has enough evidence to prove Rathore's involvement in the alleged staged shootout of criminal Dara Singh in 2006.

Rathore's lawyer A.K. Jain told mediapersons here that the high court while admitting the CBI's petition directed the Bharatiya Janata Party leader to surrender "forthwith".

"Rathore will surrender before the trial court. We will examine the written order and then follow it accordingly," Jain said.

The CBI arrested Rathore in connection with the case April 5. However, he walked out of the Jaipur Central Jail May 31 after the district sessions court here issued his release orders, citing lack of evidence against him.

Dara Singh's wife Sushila Devi had also filed a similar revision petition in the high court June 28, which was clubbed together with the CBI's petition.

So far 11 policemen have been arrested in the case, including two Indian Police Service (IPS) officers. The alleged staged shootout by the police's special operations group took place on the outskirts of Jaipur Oct 23, 2006.