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Ketan Tirodkar in CBI custody

Ahmedabad: Mumbai journalist Ketan Tirodkar was arrested by the CBI. This is the first arrest by CBI investigating the Sadiq Jamal encounter. Police officers from Gujarat and Mumbai involved in the case are also likely to be arrested soon. Ketan Tirodkar had claimed that he had a meeting with Sadiq in Dubai where he had been working as an employee of Tariq Parveen, a person close to Daud. Daya Naik, the encounter specialist of Mumbai police, had declared him a "fit" target for an encounter in 2002 when he arrived in Mumbai. The two together prepared a profile of Sadiq Jamal and handed it over to the Gujarat police. On the basis of this confession Sadiq's brother Shabbir Jamal filed a petition in the Gujarat High Court challenging the authenticity of the encounter. The High Court assigned the investigation to the CBI.

Justice M.R. Shah of Gujarat High Court ordered Ketan to report before the court following which he reported alongwith his advocate. He was taken in the evening to the Gandhi Nagar office and arrested under section 41 (1) which empowers police to arrest without a warrant. According to CBI sources, encounter specialist of Gujarat police and a close associate in the crime branch PI, who retired as ACP after promotion, are likely to be arrested soon. They are to be arrested alongwith the Mumbai police encounter specialist.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2012 on page no. 15

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