Sohrabuddin encounter: Brother wants further probe
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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.


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

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