Ahmedabad, Aug.12 (ANI): In a fresh blow to the Gujarat Government, another senior police officer Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Rajnish Rai has named Modi's close aide and former state police chief P C Pande as a conspirator in the Tulsi Prajapati 'fake' encounter case.
In an affidavit submitted to the Central Administrative Tribunal, Rai accused Pande and an officer O P Mathur-both known to be extremely close to Narendra Modi, of abusing their positions and for destruction of evidence.
Rai also alleged that Pande tried to delink the Sohrabuddin and the Tulsi Prajapati case since facts were uncomfortable for him and the Modi government.
According to Times Now, Rai has stated that "the conduct of Pande clearly and sufficiently establish his culpability in the conspiracy to kill Tulsiram Prajapati, destruction of evidence, and in causing willful obstruction in the investigation of the case by abusing his office".
Prajapati was killed by the same group of officers who eliminated gangster Sohrabuddin Shaikh.
He accused Pande of delaying investigation of the case to save the accused persons despite knowing the fact that the preliminary enquiry report submitted by Geetha Johri had clearly established that the accused police officers were involved in the cold-blooded murder of Sohrabuddin.
Rai said the former DGP hid truth from the Supreme Court by deleting facts from the draft action taken reports (ATRs) which were uncomfortable for him or for the state. Rai said Pande snatched the investigation into the Sohrabuddin encounter from him and entrusted to Geetha Johri only to derail the investigation.
This revelation from the top cop comes in succession to other IPS whistleblowers like Rahul Sharma and Sanjeev Bhatt's efforts to take on the Modi government over the 2002 riots. (ANI)