23 November, 2020

Jail As A Haven

Dara Singh is in custody, but the CBI is denied access to him by the lower judiciary

Jail As A Haven

Dara Singh's luck has not run out. Even now, it seems. If the country's most dreaded fugitive managed to elude the police for over a year in Orissa's Manoharpur forests, he is proving to be equally slippery while cooling off in Baripada jail. This, largely because of the lower judiciary who have for some reason or other refused to hand him over to the CBI for interrogation in the Staines killing. Having revelled in the pre-poll arrest on January 31 this year, the police and CBI are painfully realising that Dara has unexpected backers in the most unexpected quarters. "It is absolutely frustrating. It seems as if there are vested interests at play to ensure that Dara is not questioned," says a top CBI official involved in the investigations.

Having been given the run around for nearly one and a half months, the CBI has finally moved the Orissa High Court this week seeking his production. In a hard-hitting application before the court, the CBI has "assailed the inaction and refusal" of the Baripada sessions judge, M.C. Rath, and the sub-divisional judicial...



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