Phoolan's Alleged Killer's Media Interview Plea Rejected

New Delhi
Phoolan's Alleged Killer's Media Interview Plea Rejected
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A plea by Shamsher Singh Rana, arrested for the murder of 'Bandit Queen' Phoolan Devi, seeking permission to give interviews to journalists was dismissed today by a Delhi court.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav rejected Rana's plea following objections by Tihar Jail authorities which said that he had once fled from the prison in 2004 and giving him the permission could be risky.

Rana had moved the court seeking permission to sit for interaction with media personnel to talk on events surrounding him and dacoit-turned-Samajwadi Party MP Phoolan Devi.

He had claimed that he had received invitations from some media personnel to have a meeting with him.

The court declined to heed his contention as jail authorities said that they were not aware about any such invitation and neither were they contacted by anyone in this regard.

Rana had escaped from Delhi's high-security Tihar jail on February 17, 2004 in a dramatic manner after a fake production warrant was used by his associates posing as Uttrakhand policemen. He was re-arrested in April 2006.

Rana, along with others, is accused of hatching a conspiracy and gunning down Phoolan Devi outside her residence here in July 2001.
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