Tuesday 22 November 2011

Jethmalani demolishes CBI claim that Prajapati was eyewithness of Sohrabuddin encounter

Amit Shah's lawyer Ram Jethmalani today demolished the CBI claim that Tulsiram Prajapati was an eyewitness to the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh. While advancing his arguments before a bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice Ranjana Desai accused the CBI of fabricating evidebce to implicate former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah.

Continuing his arguments through out the day, Jethmalani ridiculed CBI by saying ''...These fabricators of evidence do not know what they have done to their case. They have been misleading the court all along. Tulsiram Prajapati was not with Sohrabuddin but he was in a jail in Rajasthan...''.

While citing the letters written by Prajapati to NHRC, Jethmalani claimed that there is no evidence to suggest that Prajapati was an eyewitness to the encounter. He also referred that the statement of Azam Khan, on which the CBI is relying heavily, saying that Azam Khan should have been a defence withness. Azam Khan in his statement had told the CBI that Prajapati felt guily and responsible for the death of Sohrabudding. And according to Jethmalani this statement of Azam Khan does not indicate that Prajapati was an eyewitness.

Defending his client Amit Shah, Jethmalani also accused Patel Brothers of misleading Gujarat Police. ''...There was an incident of firing at the office of Patel brothers and they know Sohrabuddin was behind it but they never informed the police about it. Sohrabuddin wanted to recover some money and he wanted to terrify Patel Brother rather than killing them. This is an absurd argument that Amit Shah arranged that firing so that can be used as a justification for encountering Sohrabuddin...'' argued Jethmalani.

During the arguments, Jethmalani also placed before the court various judgments of the apex court. According to these judgments bail and no the jail is the golden rule for Criminal Jurisprudence in India.

Hearing in the matter shall continue on Wednesday.


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