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.