Police free to arrest accused in Sandeep Gadoli encounter case: Court

A metropolitan magistrate's court in Mumbai on said the police were free to take every possible action to arrest the accused in the Sandeep Gadoli encounter killing case.

With this order, the court disposed of the special investigation team's plea for a non-bailable arrest warrant. Gadoli, an alleged gangster from Haryana, was killed by a team of Gurgaon police at a city hotel in an encounter in February. His relatives alleged that it was a fake encounter and filed a police complaint.

"The investigating officer has the liberty to take every possible step/further necessary action as per the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code to arrest the accused," said Magistrate R K Deshpande.

Under section 41 of Criminal Procedure Code, any police officer may, without a warrant, arrest any person against whom a reasonable complaint has been made or credible information has been received, the judge noted.

SIT of Maharashtra police, which is probing the encounter, had moved the magistrate's court seeking a non-bailable warrant against the Gurgaon police officials.

SIT had said that the Gurgaon police were not cooperating with the probe.

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