Sohrabuddin case: Bail plea of Chudasama rejected

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 19:54

Ahmedabad: A CBI court on Tuesday rejected the
bail application of suspended IPS officer Abhay Chudasama, who
is alleged to be a key conspirator in the 2005 Sohrabuddin
Sheikh fake encounter case.



Special CBI judge RM Parmar, while rejecting Chudasama`s
bail plea, observed that the officer is accused in a heinous
crime and claimed to be the key conspirator in the case by the
prosecuting agency, the CBI, and thus, cannot be granted bail.



During the arguments on bail plea, Chudasama had said
that he was used as tool to get to former Gujarat minister
Amit Shah, who is also an accused in the case and now out on
bail.

CBI had opposed the bail contending that he could temper
with evidence if let out.



Chudasama`s lawyer Rohit Verma had contended that his
client, who was DCP of crime branch when arrested by the CBI
in connection with the case, was innocent and wrongly
implicated in the fake encounter case.



Verma had argued that Chudasama was also entitled to
bail as other accused in the case including former Gujarat
minister of state for home Amit Shah, alleged to be the `king
pin` behind the fake encounter, and one Raju Jirawala, were
granted bail.



Claiming that CBI just used him as a ladder to reach
Shah, Chudasama had denied all charges against him including
that of criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence.

He has also challenged all the statements of witnesses
against him attached to the chargesheet filed by CBI, claiming
that most of those witnesses who have spoken against him were
arrested by him in the past.



There was no reason to believe the versions of the
"highly unreliable jail birds", he said in his bail plea.



Chudasama also termed CID (crime)`s investigation,
which was probing the case before CBI, as proper and submitted
that he was not charge-sheeted by the agency.



He had also cited his recent hip surgery as a ground
for bail.



The CBI while, opposing Chudasama`s bail also cited
the 2006 Tulsiram Prajapati encounter case that it was
investigating and claimed that the probe in this case was at
very critical stage and Chudasama could influence evidence in
the case.



PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 19:54

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