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Sadiq Jamal encounter case; Tarun Barot granted conditional bail; restricted from entering Bhavnagar, Mumbai

Today in Sadiq Jamal case, Special CBI court granted conditional bail to retired Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Tarun Barot in 2003 fake encounter case of Bhavnagar youth Sadiq Jamal Mehtar. All the other eight accused were granted bail too. Barot is also an accused in Ishrat Jahan encounter in which was released on default bail last year.

Special judge MM Gandhi gave the order while granting relief to Barot on the conditions of depositing Rs 1 lakh as personal bond and 2 sureties of Rs 5 lakh each. Barot has also been restricted from entering Bhavnagar and Mumbai.

In September 2013, Barot was arrested by CBI. He was then DySP in Mehsana district of north Gujarat. In December 2012 CBI filed a chargesheet against 8 policemen including Barot for killing Sadiq in a fake encounter case. CBI has alleged that Barot had gone to Mumbai and got the custody of Sadiq who was kept in illegal custody of Mumbai police. Gujarat High Court had recently granted bail to 2 cops who are accused of firing at Sadiq from their service revolver.This is the first case in which the CBI has attributed the role of IB officials in the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB), Mumbai. IB termed Sadiq as Lashkar-e-Toiba who wanted to kill the then CM of Gujarat Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders.