Two more witnesses turn hostile, number rises to 61
MUMBAI: Two more prosecution witnesses in the alleged Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter cases turned hostile before a special CBI court here on Thursday, taking the number of such witnesses to 61. Hazari Lal Meena, a former sub-inspector with Udaipur police, deposed before the CBI judge S J Sharma.
According to the agency, Meena, now retired, had said in his statement that on the evening of December 24, 2006, Superintendent of Police Dinesh M N (a former accused in the case) asked him not to provide escort police party for prisoners — Prajapati and Azam Khan — who were to be taken to an Ahmedabad court from the Udaipur jail the next day. Meena was part of the reserve police who provided escort parties for prisoners. As per Meena’s statement, the police had information that Prajapati might try to flee, so Dinesh told him that a special team would escort them. However, in the court on Thursday, Meena denied receiving any such order. Meena alleged that the CBI forced him to record a statement before a magistrate.
Govind Singh, another witness who deposed on Thursday, was posted as an inspector at Surjapol police station, Udaipur. However, Singh today denied making the earlier statement. Following which Meena and Govind were declared hostile. The court has so far examined over 88 prosecution witnesses, of whom 61 have turned hostile.