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Dara Singh encounter case : CBI seeks warrant for Rathore

Posted on Oct 30, 07:49AM | UNI

The CBI today moved an application before a District Court seeking issuance of warrant against BJP Chief Whip and former Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore in connection with infamous Dara Singh encounter case.

In the application, counsel pleaded that since Rathore did not comply with the Rajasthan High Court's directives for surrender before the trial court, action should be initiated against him and the agency allowed to arrest him.

However, Rathore's counsel opposed the move and stated that the agency was misquoting the high court directives that did not mean for immediate surrender but allowed him to file an appeal.

The court then adjourned the hearing and decision on the CBI request for October 31.

Meanwhile, Rathore today filed a special leave petition before the Supreme Court against the High Court order of October 26 last.

The CBI has also filed a caveat before the apex court to avert possibility of ex-parte order in the case.

The Rajasthan High Court on Friday last had ordered Rathore to surrender before the trial court in the 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 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 presently are in jail.