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CBI wants Sohrabuddin case moved out of Gujarat
Ahmedabad, JUL 30 (Agencies/PTI)
Published on 30 Jul. 2010 9:59 PM IST
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: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday submitted its status report on the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case to the Supreme Court, reports ANI.
According to television reports, CBI in its status report has asked for the case to be shifted out of Gujarat as it feels that investigation cannot be carried out in an impartial manner in the State.
The CBI is also learnt to have said that it will investigate the fake encounter of Tulsiram Prajapati, the man who allegedly witnessed the killing of Sohrabuddin.
According to sources, former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah, who is in judicial custody till August 7, was not cooperating in the probe and there was a need to interrogate him. Most of Shah’s replies according to the agency were evasive.
“He has feigned ignorance and loss of memory and is getting away by saying that that ‘I do not know or I do not remember,” sources said. Earlier, the CBI summoned Geetha Johri, the first woman IPS officer of Gujarat, in connection with the case.
Johri, who was the part of Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case, has been asked to appear before the CBI on August 10.
Earlier, the CBI has also summoned former Gujarat Director General of Police (DGP) P C Pandey and asked him to appear before it on August 11.
Pandey was DGP of Gujarat when the state CID was investigating the fake encounter case.
Meanwhile, the CBI team is likely to seek permission from its headquarters to question Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the case.
The investigating agency may want Modi to answer some questions in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.
The CBI wants to know if Modi was aware of the attempts being made by top police officials to scuttle the probe.
If Modi is summoned for questioning, it will be for the second time this year. He was earlier questioned by a Special Investigation Team in 2002 Gujarat riots case. Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi were killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2005.
CBI files status report
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday in the Supreme Court submitted the status report on the progress of the probe in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case in which former Gujarat Minister and Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s close aide Amit Shah has been arrested.
Supreme Court sources said that CBI officials had submitted the report in a sealed cover to the Registry.
In addition to Shah, the other main accused in the case are suspended DIG D.G. Vanzara and Rajkumar Pandian, both Gujarat cadre IPS officers and Dinesh M.N., a Rajasthan cadre IPS officer.
Sheikh was killed in 2005 allegedly by Gujarat police with the help of Andhra Pradesh police claiming he was planning to assassinate Modi.
The Supreme Court had handed over the investigation in the case to the CBI after not being satisfied with the probe carried out by the Gujarat police’s special investigation team headed by Inspector General Geeta Johri.
Meanwhile, an IPS officer is among seven policemen who were charged with criminal conspiracy, murder and kidnapping on Friday in the encounter killing case involving Tulsiram Prajapati, a key witness in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter.
Vipul Agarwal, who was the Superintendent of Police of Banaskantha district when the encounter took place in 2006, was named in the 1,000-page chargesheet filed by Gujarat CID in a court in Banaskantha, about 160 km from here. All the seven policemen who have since been arrested have been booked for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and murder, a CID official said.
Prajapati, a key witness in the 2005 fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and alleged murder of his wife Kausar bi, was killed in an encounter in Chapri village near Ambaji in Banaskantha in December 2006. The chargesheet also includes statements of 137 witnesses.
In May this year, the agency had arrested Agarwal, who was posted as Dahod SP from Ahmedabad, constables Jathubha Solanki from Patan and Vinod Limbachiya from Palanpur.
Three other constables — Karansinh Sisodia, Kanji Kutchi and Kiransinh Chauhan — were also arrested subsequently from Siddhpur in Patan.
A police inspector Ashish Pandya, who had allegedly shot Prajapati, was later arrested by the CID.
Pandya was a sub—inspector at the time of encounter and was promoted to the rank of inspector in April and transfered to Rajkot Anti Corruption Bureau.
For interrogation, the CID had got transfer warrant of the two suspended IPS officers, D G Vanzara and Dinesh M N, who were lodged in the Sabarmati central jail here in connection with the Soharabudddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
At the time of Prajapati’s encounter in November 2006 Vanzara was Border Range IG Gujarat, and Dinesh was the SP Udaipur, Rajasthan.
While they were in custody, CID had sought permission from Danta court for narco test on the two, saying they were not co-operating with the investigation.
However, their plea for naco analysis test of the suspended IPS officers was rejected by the court as the accused refused to undergo the test.

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