Fake encounter: CBI`s plea of accused custody postponed
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 23:22
  
Ahmedabad: The hearing on CBI application seeking custody of two accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case was today adjourned till May 17 after one of them sought certain details from the investigating agency.

The CBI had last week sought 14-day custody of N K Amin and V A Rathod, arrested by the previous investigation agency state CID crime, for further questioning.

During the hearing in the court today, Amin moved an application demanding answers from CBI regarding the case. Following this application CBI sought time to reply and the court adjourned the matter till May 17.

Amin in his application has asked CBI to clarify if the FIR registered against him in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case in 2007 by Gujarat police and the new FIR registered by CBI in February this year in Mumbai were for the same offence (fake encounter) or were for separate and distinct cases.

He has also asked the CBI to provide him information about the date when he was arrested under the FIR filed by the CBI early this year.

According to Amin, it was his constitutional right to know the details of case and requested the court to direct CBI to give the information sought by him on affidavit so that he could prepare his case.

CBI prosecutor L D Tiwari sought time to file reply which was granted by Judge V B Barot.

Amin was ACP city crime branch before being arrested in 2007 based on a statement of a witness involved in abduction of Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi.

Rathod, a police inspector, is alleged of being involved in disposing off the body of Kausar Bi.

Besides, Amin and Rathod, 13 other policemen including four IPS officers D G Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandian, Dinesh M N, and Abhay Chudasama are behind bars for the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin and alleged murder of his wife Kausar Bi in November 2005.

All those arrested in the case are presently lodged in Sabarmati Central Prison here.

The Supreme Court had handed the probe in the case to CBI in January this year after it was convinced that CID (crime) had not investigated the case properly.

The apex court had also asked CBI to probe if there was a large conspiracy behind the killing of Sohrabuddin.

Following investigations by CBI, the agency had arrested city crime branch DCP Abhay Chudasama on April 28.

According to CBI, Chudasama used to run an extortion racket along with Sohrabuddin to mint money out of rich businessmen.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 23:22


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