Sohrab case: Court says no to collecting accused voice samples
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 05, 2011, 22:48
Ahmedabad: A special court on Wednesday set aside the lower court's order allowing CBI to take voice samples of two police officers-accused in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing case to compare them with audio-video evidence.

Suspended IPS officer Abhay Chudasama and Sub- Inspector N V Chauhan had challenged the order of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) A Y Dave who had permitted CBI to collect voice samples of the duo in October last year.

CBI Judge G K Upadhyay, hearing Chudasama and Chauhan's appeal, set aside the magistrate's order. Following the ruling, the central agency probing the five-year-old case, would not be able to get voice samples of the duo.

Rohit Sharma, counsel for the accused, said they had submitted that the magistrate's court was not empowered to grant permission to collect voice samples.

Earlier, ACJM Dave had allowed CBI to collect voice samples of Chauhan, Chudasama and N K Amin, another accused. Amin, who wants to turn an approver in the case, has already given his voice sample for verification.

CBI wanted the samples of the accused to verify the voices with the audio-video evidence the probe agency claims to have in its possession.

The audio-video evidence includes the recording of a purported conversation between Amin and Chauhan. In the tape, Chauhan is purportedly saying he had heard prime accused D G Vanzara, an IPS officer, telling another co-accused Rajkumar Pandian over the phone that instructions to liquidate Sohrabuddin's wife Kausar Bi came from then Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah.

Another evidence is the video recording of the meeting between two other accused, Yashpal Chudasama and Ajay Patel, with two witnesses in the case builders Raman Patel and his brother Dashrat at the city-based Rifle Club.

In this audio-video footage, the accused have been caught purportedly trying to influence the witnesses and allegedly explaining them how they should depose before the CBI.


First Published: Wednesday, January 05, 2011, 22:48

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