Special CBI Judge JPS Malik on Friday held seven of the 18 cops, including six sub-inspectors and one constable, guilty of killing 22-year-old Ranbir Singh in the encounter.

Those convicted for murder are sub-inspectors Santosh Kumar Jaiswal, Gopal Dutt Bhatt (SHO), Rajesh Bisht, Neeraj Kumar, Nitin Chauhan, Chander Mohan Singh Rawat and constable Ajit Singh.
    
"Accused 1 to 7 (Santosh, Gopal, Rajesh, Neeraj, Nitin, Rawat and Ajit) are held guilty and convicted for substantive offence punishable under section 302 (murder) of the IPC read with section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and for substantive offence punishable under section 364 (kidnapping to murder) of IPC read with section 120B of IPC," the judge said.
    
Except Jaspal Singh Gosain, all other 17 cops were convicted for the offence of conspiring to kidnap and murder the student.
    
"Accused 1 to 18 (excluding Accused-17) are held guilty and convicted for offence punishable under section 120B of IPC read with sections 364 and 302 of IPC," the judge had said.
    
Apart from Santosh, Gopal, Rajesh, Neeraj, Nitin, Chander Mohan and Ajit, the other ten convicts are constables Satbir Singh, Sunil Saini, Chander Pal, Saurabh Nautiyal, Nagender Rathi, Vikas Chander Baluni, Sanjay Rawat and Manoj Kumar and drivers Mohan Singh Rana and Inderbhan Singh.
    
The judge convicted accused Gosain for the offence of a public servant framing incorrect record with an intention to save a person from punishment (section 218 IPC) but released him on the period already undergone behind bars. He, however, was acquitted of all the other charges.
    
AT Rao, the lawyer in this case, had said that the CBI asked for harshest punishment as the culprits are policemen who are supposed to protect the law.

Rao added that fine and compensation in such cases should be of such a degree that people should not commit such a crime again.

Meanwhile, the victim’s father RP Singh said that he was satisfied with the court proceedings until now and expects the court to stress upon the CBI statement and pronounce its verdict.

(JPN)

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