Sohrabuddin case: HC rejects bail plea of Jirawala
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 00:04
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court today rejected the bail plea of Rajendra Jirawala, an accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

Jirawala, the owner of Arham farm where Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi were kept before being killed, was arrested by the CBI on July 27 on charges of criminal conspiracy, wrongful confinement and destruction of evidence.

Justice Z K Saiyed, hearing the case, rejected Jirawal's bail plea saying that looking at evidence it is established beyond doubt that, prima facie, case is made out against the accused.

"From the charge sheet and other papers produced by the CBI, it clearly appears that the present petitioner (Jirawala) is involved in the offence as co-conspirator," the court said.

It further said that Jirawala's application cannot be entertained on merits and that the case papers reveal that he was involved in a larger conspiracy leading to the encounter of Sohrabuddin and the alleged offences against him were non-bailable.

Jirawal, in his application, had contended that charges against him were bailable and hence he be given bail.

Meanwhile, a special CBI court today rejected the discharge applications of two other accused in the case.

Additional chief judicial magistrate A Y Dave rejected the applications of Ajay Parmar and Santram Sharma saying that the court did not have powers to discharge any accused in the case, where he is charged with murder and criminal conspiracy. It further said the duo need to approach the sessions court in this regard.

Parmar and Sharma were constables with the state Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) during the encounter of Sohrabuddin in November 2005. They had contended in their application that the CBI, which is probing the case, had suggested in the charge sheet filed by it that there was no evidence against them.

The CBI in its charge sheet had said that Parmar, Sharma and V A Rathod did not have any meeting of mind with the conspirators and were present at the scene of crime following orders of their superiors as they were attached to them. The CBI had even suggested that the three were important witnesses in the fake encounter and hence they required to be discharged as accused in the case.

The other accused in the fake encounter case include former Gujarat minister Amit Shah, suspended IPS officer D G Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandian, Dinesh M N, Abhay Chudasama and some officials of Gujarat and Rajasthan police.


First Published: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 00:04

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