Gujarat to ask court to fix compensation for Sohrabuddin's family

Gandhinagar: Gujarat government is likely to move an application in the sessions court for deciding the quantum of compensation to Sohrabuddin's family following his killing in an alleged fake encounter by Gujarat ATS and Rajasthan police in 2005.

"The Supreme Court has asked us to give compensation to Sohrabuddin's brother, who had approached the court seeking compensation. We will now approach the trial court here where the case has been committed for trial, to decide the amount to be paid as compensation," a senior official in the Home department, who handles the case, told a news agency.

He added that the apex Court has left it to the discretion of the state to fix the compensation.

"The court has left it to us but we will approach the trial court to fix the amount for us because the trial court is the competent authority to decide the same," the official added.

"Even if the trial in the case is stayed, we will request the court to quantify the compensation amount as an interim measure," the official added.

When asked whether Rubabbuddin, Sohrabuddin's brother, had written to the state government for compensation, the official replied in the negative saying nobody approached the state government claiming compensation for the alleged fake encounter.

"They have not approached us. Sohrabuddin's brother have directly approached the Apex Court and subsequently the court has passed direction to us based on his application," he added.

It may be noted that on August 4, the Apex Court had directed the state of Gujarat to compensate the brother of deceased, as he is suffering from cancer.

The Court had also asked the state to quantify the compensation to be paid to Rubabuddin, who has been fighting the encounter case in the Supreme Court.

Sohrabuddin was killed in an allegedly fake encounter carried out jointly by Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Rajasthan police.

After the Supreme Court directed the state to investigate the case, the state CID crime officials had investigated the case, and admitted that it was a fake encounter and arrested more than a dozen police officials including ATS IG DG vanzara, SP Rajkumar Pandian and Rajasthan cadre IPS officer M N Dinesh.

The police officials are lodged in Sabarmati central jail since their arrest in 2007.

Bureau Report