Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Sohrabuddin investigation is historic coverup by Gujarat Police : CBI to SC

Terming the investigation done by Gujarat Police as the greatest coverups, the CBI today demanded that the bail granted to former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah be canceled.

Arguing before a bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice Ranjana Desai, CBI's counsel Vivek Tankha said ''..investigation done by Gujarat Police is one of the greatest coverups in Indian history. It is a gigantic cover up...''

Continuing his arguments for the second consecutive day, Tankha argued that this is a fit case for quashing of the high court's order granting bail to Amit Shah accused of conspiring to kill Sohrabuddin in a fake encounter.

Tankha read out the grounds on which bail granted to Shah needs to be canceled. According to Tankha, IG police Geeta Johri was under tremendous pressure and she even wanted the case to be transferred to CBI.

CBI counsel also referred to call details of Amit Shah of two different periods. According to CBI, Shah was in touch with D G Vanjara and another accused Amin between 22nd November to 29th November 2005 during which Shohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi were encountered.

CBI counsel also informed that during 24th to 30th December 2006 also, Amit Shah was in touch with the accused Vanjara and Amin. During this period, Tulsiram Prajapati was encountered. Accordingly Tankha argued that elimination of two key witnesses is the ground for cancellation of bail.

CBI counsel also informed the court how one Inspector Rathore was made an accused by Gujarat Police whereas he should have been a witness in the case. According to CBI, Rathore reached to the spot accidentely where the body of Kausar Bi was being disposed off.

CBI counsel said another ground for quashing the bail to Amit Shah is threats and inducements offered to Rubabuddin Sheikh who is the brother of Sohrabuddin Shekh.

''.. This is not the stage for looking into the defence. This is not a trial, the court should only see from the material on record if the allegations are prima facie indicate that bail order should be quashed...'' CBI counsel argued before the bench.The hearing shall continue on Thursday.

In the infamous Sohrabuddin encounter case, apart from Amit Shah, the key accused include IPS officers D G Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandiyan, Dinesh M N and Vipul Agarwal, along with five lower ranking cops, who are facing charges of criminal conspiracy, murder, kidnapping, destruction of evidence and forgery.

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