Sohrabuddin case: CBI gets 3-month to finish probe

The SC granted three months` extension to the CBI to complete its probe into the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday
granted three months` extension to the CBI to complete its
investigation into the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case in
which Amit Shah, the former Gujarat minister and a close aide
of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, has been arrested.

The order in this regard was passed amidst strong
protest by Shah`s lawyer and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani
who questioned the apex court direction of a CBI probe into
the case.

He alleged that the bench which gave the order for a
CBI probe on January 12 included Justice Tarun Chatterjee
(since retired) who was himself was under the scanner of the
probe agency which was investigating the UP Provident Fund
scam case.

Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, who is assisting
the court in the matter, took strong objection to Jethmalani`s
submission and said if such was the case, then Gujarat
government should have pointed it out at that stage only.

Even the bench comprising Justices Aftab Alam and R M
Lodha expressed its displeasure on submission made by
Jethmalani and asked him to refrain from mentioning about the
former judge.

Jethmalani made the submission after the bench wanted
to know from him as to on what ground the January 12 decision
of the court ordering the CBI probe in the case could be

After the counsel from all the sides were pacified,
the bench went ahead with the hearing and passed the order
giving three months` extension to the CBI to complete the

The bench declined the plea of Shah that he should be
given time to respond to the CBI plea seeking extension of six
months to carry out its investigation.

"We are not inclined to give time to reply to the plea
of the CBI," the bench said, adding, "since the investigation
is not complete three months time is granted to the CBI".

The court said that extension was granted as the CBI
has to investigate the larger conspiracy involving the killing
of Prajapati, an eyewitness to Sohrabuddin`s killing in
November 2005.

Prajapati was also killed in a police encounter in
2006 end.

The court directed the CBI to file a status report
about its investigation after three months in a sealed cover.


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