Sohrabuddin case: HC rejects bail plea of Jirawala

The Gujarat High Court today rejected the bail plea of Rajendra Jirawala, an accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

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

"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

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.


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