Sohrabuddin encounter: Brother wants further probe

Last Updated: Friday, September 16, 2011 - 00:14

Ahmedabad: The brother of Sohrabuddin Sheikh
has sought further probe in the fake encounter case by the CBI
in the light of allegations made by IPS officer Rajnish Rai in
his affidavit before the Central Administrative Tribunal
earlier this year.
"I request the Investigating Officer to carry out further
investigation into allegations of offences disclosed by
Rajnish Rai in the affidavit... as well as on the issue of
telephone call records," Rubabuddin`s application to CBI says.

He claims that CBI has not recorded Rai`s statement,
despite being the first investigating officer of the
Sohrabuddin case.

Sohrabuddin was killed in an alleged fake encounter in
November 2005, and it was followed by the killing of two key
witnesses to the incident, his wife Kausarbi and his close
aide Tulsiram Prajapati.

In the affidavit before CAT, Rai has alleged that the
conduct of former DGP P C Pande delayed preliminary enquiry
and registration of an FIR in the fake encounter case.
Rai also alleges that Pande`s conduct established his
culpability in the conspiracy to kill Prajapati, destruction
of evidence in the case, and causing obstruction to the
investigation of the case by abusing his office.

Rai claims that Pande and former ADGP (state CID) O P
Mathur wanted to delink the Sohrabuddin and Prajapati
encounter cases, as otherwise the gravity of the offence would
have increased enormously.

He has also alleged that Pande hid the truth from the
Supreme Court which was supervising the Sohrabuddin case, by
deleting the facts which were uncomfortable for him or for the
State, from the action taken reports.

Rai approached the CAT in April challenging the `average`
grading and `adverse` remarks in his annual confidential
report for the period between April 1, 2007 to August 22,
2007, when he was investigating officer in the Sohrabuddin
case.

Rai has linked the adverse remarks by P C Pande to
actions taken in connection with the 2005 fake encounter case
wherein he (Rai) had arrested three IPS officers -- D G
Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandiyan and Dinesh M N.

PTI



First Published: Friday, September 16, 2011 - 00:14

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