Sohrab case: CBI told to provide witnesses` statement to Amin
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Last Updated: Monday, April 11, 2011, 21:30
Ahmedabad: A special CBI court on Monday ordered the investigation agency probing the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing case to provide a copy of the statements of some of the witnesses to NK Amin, one of the accused policemen in the case.

The order was passed by Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate AY Dave following application by Amin seeking a copy of statements of some of the witnesses that were recorded by the state CID which was probing the case before CBI took over the investigation following a Supreme Court order in January last year.

Amin, who was ACP with the City Crime Branch during the encounter, had sought copy of statements of one Bhalabhai Bharwad, who was his driver at that time, and three other cops who were with the crime branch then to establish that he was not anywhere near the spot of the crime.

Amin's lawyer Jagdish Ramani said the statement of Bharwad and others were part of the chargesheet filed by the state CID in the court but were deliberately omitted by CBI from its chargesheet.

These statements would clearly show that Amin was in the city when Sohrabuddin's wife Kausarbi's body was burnt in Illol village of Sabarkantha district and had no role to play in that event, Ramani said outside court.

Amin had in January backtracked from becoming an approver in the case by withdrawing his application he had filed in the CBI court here.


First Published: Monday, April 11, 2011, 21:30

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