July 12, 2015 1:25:05 am
The CBI will now probe the alleged ‘encounter’ by the Delhi Police Special Cell in which businessman Manoj Vashisht died of a bullet injury at a restaurant in Delhi in May.
Almost a week after the family members of Vashisht staged a protest in Jantar Mantar demanding a CBI probe, sources said the Ministry of Home Affairs had handed over the probe to the central agency, although the CBI is yet to formally register a preliminary enquiry (PE) or regular case (RC).
Vashisht, who was wanted in several cases of fraud and other crimes, died after a bullet hit him during an alleged exchange of fire with an eight-member team of the Special Cell at Sagar Ratna restaurant in Rajendra Nagar on May 16.
His family had alleged that it was a fake encounter and demanded a CBI probe.
The family had also met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, seeking transfer of the probe to the CBI.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav too had met Vashisht’s family, who hail from Baghpat, that he would write to the home minister for a CBI probe.
CCTV footage of the encounter released by police shows two policemen getting into a scuffle with Vashisht before he slumps after being shot.
He was then rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
The Special Cell had claimed that in retaliation to shots fired by Vashisht, a policeman had fired on him to incapacitate him, leading to the businessman’s death.
While the Delhi Police had formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the circumstances leading to Vashisht’s death, his wife Priyanka had said that she did not trust the SIT as some of its officers were earlier posted with the Special Cell.
A separate vigilance inquiry was also initiated by the Delhi Police.
After questioning some of the Special Cell officers, SIT officers felt that Vashisht died from a gunshot fired from his own .32-bore pistol during the scuffle with the two policemen, sources had claimed.
Special Cell officers had told the SIT that a second bullet, which was fired from the pistol of a sub-inspector, hit a window pane, sources had earlier claimed.
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