Mumbai 2006 Fake Encounter: Ex-Cop Gets life imprisonment

Ex-cop and encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma received a life term for his involvement in the 2006 Mumbai fake encounter. The Bombay High Court overturned his earlier acquittal and sentenced him to life imprisonment, directing him to surrender within three weeks.


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It’s a busy morning rush in Mumbai. Ramesh and Milin visit a local tea stall, where they sip tea, have breakfast, and read the newspaper, enjoying a moment of peace before starting their day.

Ex-cop Pradeep Sharma receives a life term for the 2006 Mumbai fake encounter,” Ramesh reads in the headline of the article.

Milin asks, “Fake encounter in 2006?” while sipping his tea.

 Background

Ramesh: Don’t you remember?

Milin: No, how can I remember? I can’t even remember what happened a week ago, so remembering something from 18 years ago is impossible for me.

Ramesh: Ok. Let me tell you about some details so you can remember. So, in 2006, Rama Narayan Gupta, also known as Lakhan Bhaiya, was picked up by police along with his friend from Vashi. Just an hour after he was encountered. which was a fake encounter.

Milin: Yeah, yeah, I remember this fake encounter. But I can’t recall why he was fakely encountered.

Court decision

Ramesh: Lakhan Bhaiya was a suspected member of the Chhota Rajan gang. One of his rivals had paid the policemen to kill him. This came to light after the FIR was registered in 2009 and when the Bombay High Court ordered a special investigation. And in 2013, the court gave life sentences to 21 people including 13 police officers as there are involved in this case.

Milin: So, why is it in the news now?

Ramesh: Pradeep Sharma was not found guilty in 2013; he was not given a life sentence. now he was sentenced to life imprisonment and was directed to surrender within three weeks. Earlier Pradeep Sharma was arrested by the NIA but not in the fack encounter, he was arrested for his connection with businessman Mansukh Hiran’s murder case, and he was bailed by the Supreme Court last year.

 Criticism of Police Conduct:

Milin: Oh, So For many years, he remained free for the crime he committed?

Ramesh: Yes, The Bombay high court judge’s bench criticized the lack of progress in solving the murder, “It is a travesty of justice for his family, they said. They added that the police have made little effort to catch the perpetrators and emphasized the importance of investigating the murder to maintain public faith in the justice system. The bench said, “Instead of upholding the rule of law, the police have misused their position and uniform, and have killed Ramnarayan in cold blood”.

Milian: Hmm, it’s a serious matter when someone dies in police custody.

Ramesh: Yes, it is. The court also said the same, the court said that “death in police custody must be curbed with a heavy hand and must be viewed seriously”.

Milin: But, by the way, who was fighting the case?

Ramesh: Special public prosecutor Rajiv Chavan and advocate Ram Prasad Gupta who is also Lakhan Bhaiya’s brother argued in 2013 that the encounter was fake and the records were falsified by the accused.

Milin: So, finally Lakhan bhaiya’s family got justice.

Ramesh: Yes.

Milin: So, now let’s go to work.

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FAQ

1. What was the 2006 Mumbai fake encounter case about?

The case involved the fake encounter killing of Rama Narayan Gupta, also known as Lakhan Bhaiya, a suspected member of the Chhota Rajan gang. He was picked up by the police from Vashi and encountered just an hour later.

2. What was the motive behind the fake encounter?

One of Lakhan Bhaiya’s rivals had allegedly paid the police officers to kill him. The FIR was registered in 2009 after a special investigation team found evidence of fake encounter

3. What Is the Court’s Recent Decision in the 2006 Mumbai Fake Encounter Case?

Recently, ex-cop Pradeep Sharma received a life term for his involvement in the 2006 Mumbai fake encounter. The Bombay High Court overturned his earlier acquittal and sentenced him to life imprisonment, directing him to surrender within three weeks.

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