What was AP police`s motive in helping Guj cops? SC
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 23:18
  
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday wanted to know what could be the motive of the Andhra Pradesh police in helping its Gujarat counterparts to carry out the encounter killings of alleged gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kauser Bi and another person.

"What was the motive of the Andhra Pradesh police to join the conspiracy? What could have actuated their action when it was not officially done?" a bench of Justices Tarun Chatterjee and Aftab Alam asked Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam who is acting as an amicus curaie (friend of the court) in the matter.

The bench posed the query in response to the allegation by Subramaniam that the AP police had given logistic support to the Gujarat police in carrying out the killings.

The apex court's query assumes significance since AP is ruled by Congress and Gujarat by BJP.

Sohrabuddin, along with his wife Kauser Bi and their friend Tulsiram Prajapati, was picked in a joint operation by the police of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh from a bus on their way from Hyderabad to Sangli in Maharashtra on Novemeber 22, 2005. Besides the AP police, the role of the Rajasthan police also figured during the investigations conducted so far into the killings.

The amicus, who sought transfer of the investigations to an independent investigating agency like CBI or the SIT, submitted that the AP police had a definite role in extending help to the Gujarat police in carrying out the killings.

Bureau Report


First Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 23:18


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