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Politicians can influence judiciary: Aide
AHMEDABAD, AUG 1 (Agencies):
Published on 1 Aug. 2010 11:33 PM IST
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Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi may be indulging in a high pitched vitriol to counter the CBI’s bid to transfer the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case outside Gujarat, but the reason for the demand is starkly mentioned in the chargesheet submitted in the Supreme Court. The document mentions an instance as to how the judiciary came under the ‘influence’ of politicians, Times News Network reports.
The chargesheet contains the statement of Noor Mohammed Goghari, an accomplice of slain gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh. He reveals how veteran politician and former BJP MP from Dhandhuka, Ratilal Verma successfully got him bailed out of Sabarmati central jail in 2004. Goghari alleges that the same judge had denied him bail at least seven times earlier.
According to the statement, Goghari worked for suspended cop Abhay Chudasama in his unofficial operations and was once asked by the officer to accompany Sohrabuddin to Indore to collect a weapon.
Both of them went to Indore in 2001 in an anti-terrorist squad (ATS) vehicle and brought the weapon to Ahmedabad. Upon their return, Chudasama arrested Goghari in an arms case.
He tried hard to get bail, but did not succeed. “BJP MP Ratilal Verma assured me that I would get bail, and the same judge Dholakia granted bail this time. Earlier, he had rejected my bail applications seven times,” he told CBI.
Goghari belongs to Padana village in Dhandhuka, which was the constituency Verma represented in Parliament for six terms. In his statement given to CBI, Goghari further said that he, along with his son, was picked up by the state police’s ATS after Sohrabuddin was killed in the encounter in 2005.
Suspended SP Rajkumar Pandian fractured his hand and they were tortured for days together. DG Vanzara, Pandian and Chudasama threatened to kill him or one of his sons — Nazir, Mukhtiar or Ejaz — in a Sohrabuddin-like encounter and demanded money.
“I had to pay them Rs 40 lakh for our release. The payment took place through an ATS sub-inspector Waghela,” the statement reads. Similarly, another accomplice of Sohrabuddin, Mahendrasinh Zala also complained of being abducted by ATS sleuths on December 8, 2005. When he was in illegal custody of ATS, Tulsiram Prajapati and Sylvester were brought from Udaipur jail for remand. He also accused Vanzara, Pandian and Chudasama of extorting Rs 15 lakh from him before he was released.

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