Cops seek CCTV report from Forensic Science Laboratory

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Cops investigating the case of Porbandar MP Vitthal Radadia have written to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) to provide the CCTV footage reports as early as possible. The police are closely following Radadia’s case that is pending in Gujarat high court wherein he has petitioned to quash the FIR filed by toll booth manager Ajaysinh Thakore against him. Thakore’s advocate has told the court that he doesn’t want to press charges against the MP.

The Vadodara rural police, however, want to have concrete evidence against Radadia. “DSP Sandip Singh has written to FSL authorities to send us the reports on video footages as early as possible. We hope to get it before the next court hearing,” said DySP (rural) Usha Raada.

The FSL had earlier told the investigators that it would take about 10 months for preparing the report. But the cops thought that it would delay the case. The police had sent video footages of the CCTV installed at the toll booth near Karjan to FSL in Gandhinagar for verification. The footages showed Radadia brandishing gun at the toll booth well past midnight on October 10.

The FSL reports would confirm whether the person brandishing the gun was indeed Radadia. Investigating officials are also disappointed with Thakore’s decision to not press charges against Radadia. “We will now wait for the high court order before making our next move,” the official added.

Despite the district court rejecting Radadia’s anticipatory bail application on October 17, the police haven’t arrested him as it has been waiting for the FSL reports. Radadia was accused of brandishing gun and threatening toll booth employees on the night of October 10. According to the police complaint, Radadia’s driver had produced photocopy of the MP’s identity card at the toll booth. But the toll booth employee sought the original ID card and it led to heated arguments between the employee and Radadia. Radadia got out of his car and took out his gun to threaten the toll booth employees.

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HC pulls up Cong MP Radadia for brandishing gun

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Porbandar Congress MP Vitthal Radadia, who brandished a gun at operators of a toll booth to avoid paying, was on Tuesday rapped by the Gujarat High Court which said it was very unfortunate that a law maker behaves in such a way.

The High Court was hearing MP’s petition to quash the FIR filed against him by manager of the toll plaza Ajaysinh Thakore, where the MP had brandished his double-barrel shotgun in the wee hours of October 12.

“It is very unfortunate that a person with a special stature of MP, a law maker, behaves in such a way, publicly brandishing his gun,” Justice RH Shukla said.

The court was reacting to the argument by Radadia’s lawyer that he was carrying a gun for self-defence and that he possessed a licence for it.

The court further said even licence to carry a gun did not mean he was free to threaten ordinary people. “Why not investigation be allowed that can give a message for such kind of behaviour?” it said.

Earlier, an advocate representing Thakore made a statement before the court that he would not like to press the FIR against Radadia.

However, the state government strongly opposed Radadia’s petition and submitted that even if the complainant is not pursuing the FIR, the state will do it as the action of the accused was “unbecoming” of a responsible public servant.

The court has kept further hearing on the case on November 5. Radadia was caught on camera flashing his gun at the employees of toll booth on NH-8 near Karjan in Vadodara district after his driver was asked to show the MP’s I-card to waive of payment of toll tax.

An FIR had been filed against Radadia for giving life threats, rioting and under the Arms Act at Karjan police station.

Radadia, who is facing charges under different provisions of IPC and Arms Act, has sought quashing of the FIR against him on the ground that the dispute in question has been amicably settled between the parties.

“I submit that when the dispute has been settled between the parties, no useful purpose would be served by directing me to go through the agony of facing the trial,” said Radadia in his petition before the court.

In the FIR, the MP was charged with the offences punishable under sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 149 (rioting with deadly weapons), 504 (breach of peace) and 506(2) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) besides section 25(1)(b) of the Arms Act.

Radadia has also sought anticipatory bail from sessions court in Vadodara, which was rejected by the court. Following it, Radadia filed the petition seeking quashing of FIR against him.

Vitthal Radadia writes a letter to Sonia Gandhi

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Porbandar Congress MP today wrote a letter to All India Congress Committee President Sonia Gandhi clarifying his position in Karjna toll booth weapon brandishing case.

As reported earlier, Radadia was likely to pick up by party’s central leadership for union cabinet berth ahead of the Gujarat assembly elections, but the weapon brandishing case harmed him so much that he has missed the opportunity. Radadia’s letter to Sonia Gandhi is viewed in this connection.

In his letter Radadia alleged that the toll booth CCTV footage supplied to media was edited one. Radadia has reportedly told the party president that he was provoked by toll booth operators, and those visuals are absent in video footage. Radadia claimed again that he had to come out from the car with his weapon (for which he has license) only for his self defense.

However the toll booth operators have denied any editing in CCTV footage. They said that even Forensic Science Laboratory had checked the footage which was complete recording of the event.

It should be mentioned that Radadia’s anticipatory bail plea has been rejected by the Sessions court in Vadodara. He is likely to challenge the lower court decision in the Gujarat High Court, or he may surrender before police.

For Radadia, one more criminal case is not big problem, but central leadership’s red eyes certainly is. While Radadia is MP from Porbandar, his son is MLA.