The sessions court in Mumbai on Monday rejected the bail plea of encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma, arrested for his alleged involvement in the fake encounter of one Ramnarayan Gupta, an aide of gangster Chhota Rajan. The court observed that it was a serious offence and prima facie there is evidence against Sharma.
On November 11, 2006, Ramnarayan alias Lakhan was killed in an encounter at suburban Versova. Ramnarayan's advocate brother Ramprasad Gupta had approached the Bombay High Court alleging that his brother was shot dead by the police. Sharma was arrested on January 7 by the Special Investigative Team (SIT) formed by the High Court to probe into the case.
Sharma in his plea had said that he has been falsely implicated in the case and that the police is fabricating evidence against him. The prosecution had, however, opposed the bail on the grounds that Sharma is an influential person who would intimidate witnesses and tamper with evidence if released on bail. PTI