Sohrabuddin case: ‘Jailed IPS threatens witnesses’

Incarcerated IPS officer Rajkumar Pandiyan, an accused in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing case, has been threatening witnesses from inside the jail, CBI today alleged before the Gujarat High Court.

Updated: Dec 24, 2010, 23:28 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Incarcerated IPS officer
Rajkumar Pandiyan, an accused in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake
encounter killing case, has been threatening witnesses from
inside the jail, CBI today alleged before the Gujarat High
Court.

CBI counsel K T S Tulsi, during a hearing on the bail
plea of Pandiyan, submitted two sealed covers containing what
he said statements of witnesses recorded under Section 164 of
Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to support his claim. The
statements under this Section are admissible as evidence.

Justice M R Shah, hearing the case, reserved the order
on the bail application and the date for ruling on it will be
declared later.

Tulsi argued the probe into the high-profile case is
at a stage where safety of witnesses becomes very important as
otherwise it would be difficult to reach the trial stage.

He opposed Pandiyan`s contention that since his arrest
in April 2007, the circumstances pertaining to the 2005 case
have changed and the investigation has been completed.

Tulsi argued investigation was still on and releasing
the accused on bail could prove harmful for the probe which is
at a critical stage.

Gujarat CID initially probed the case which was later
handed over to the premier central agency.

The suspended IPS officer moved the HC seeking bail on
the grounds of parity as former Gujarat Minister Amit Shah, a
prime accused in the fake encounter case, was given bail.

Pandiyan`s counsel S B Vakil had argued in the court
that his client`s bail was first rejected in 2008 but since
then circumstances pertaining to the case had changed.

-PTI