With the court declaring him proclaimed offender in a fake encounter case, the passport of Additional Director General of Rajasthan Police A.K. Jain has been revoked at the request of Central Bureau of Investigation, which has also announced a Rs.10-lakh reward for information leading to his arrest.
Jain, a 1978 batch IPS officer of Rajasthan cadre, has been on the run ever since the CBI filed a charge sheet against him on June 4 for allegedly killing local liquor smuggler Dara Singh in 2006. Jain was then the head of Special Operations Group of Rajasthan Police.
This is for the first time in the history of Indian Police Service that such a senior police officer has been declared a proclaimed offender and a cash reward announced for his arrest.
The CBI produced the charge sheet against him before the External Affairs Ministry for revocation of his passport and is collecting data for issuance of a red corner alert from the Interpol, as it was believed that Jain had fled the country and is somewhere in Singapore, official sources said.
The CBI had earlier announced a cash reward of Rs. 10 lakh to anyone leading to Jain's arrest. Besides him, the CBI also announced a cash reward of Rs. 5 lakh each against Inspector Rajesh Chowdhury and Zulfikar, and Assistant Sub-Inspector Arvind.
The CBI, in its charge sheet, had alleged that Dara Singh was taken into illegal custody from Jaipur Airport by the Special Operations Group officials and was taken to a lonely place near Amber where he was kept hostage till October 23, 2006, after which he was killed in a planned manner.
“The circumstantial evidence shows clearly that Dara Singh was murdered in cold blood by the Special Operations Group personnel and the same was duly monitored by Jain, Special Operations Group Superintendent of Police A. Ponnuchammi and Additional Superintendent of Police Arshad Ali along with other officials. During this entire period, [sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MLA] Rajendra Rathore was in telephonic contact with Jain,” the charge sheet alleged.
The police had claimed that Dara Singh was killed while fleeing from custody. Acting on a petition by Dara Singh's wife that her husband was killed in cold blood, the Supreme Court had ordered a CBI enquiry in the case.
The CBI alleged there was animosity over supporting rival gangs of liquor smugglers between Mr. Rathore and Dara Singh, alleged criminal and bootlegger operating in Rajasthan and Haryana who was facing several cases including those of attempt to murder and smuggling.
In the charge sheet, CBI named 16 police officials, including Jain. Of the 16 officials, 10 are absconding. — PTI
CBI collecting data for a red corner alert from Interpol He is believed to have fled India; may be in Singapore
CBI collecting data for a red corner alert from Interpol
He is believed to have fled India; may be in Singapore