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Dara Singh encounter case : HC asks Rathore to surrender

Posted on Oct 26, 09:26PM | UNI

The Rajasthan High Court today ordered BJP Chief Whip and former Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore to surrender before the trial court in the Dara Singh encounter case.

Setting aside the District and Sessions court's discharge order, Justice Ajay Rastogi of the High Court while acting on a petition filed by the CBI and slain liquor mafia functionary Dara Singh's wife Sushila, also directed the trial court to take due action if Rathore fails to comply by the court order.

Rathore's counsel have later filed an application before the court seeking four-week time for exploring scope of relief.

The application is expected to be decided on October 29.

His counsel said that they were contemplating move to approach the Supreme Court.

Rathore was arrested by the CBI in the case in April and the District and Sessions Court had discharged him of the charges in the case at a pre-trial stage later in May this year.

Dara Singh alias Daria, a criminal and functionary of liquor mafia in Churu district-which is the home district of the accused BJP leader-, was killed in an encounter on the outskirts of Jaipur about six years ago.

More than a dozen accused including suspended ADGP AK Jain, Inspector General M Punnuchami have so far been arrested in this case and are in jail.