Sohrabuddin case: CBI for checks on visitors to IPS officer

Ahmedabad: The CBI, probing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, today sought restrictions on visitors for accused IPS officer Abhay Chudasma if he is permitted by a court to undergo surgery in a private hospital.

Special CBI counsel D N Salvi told Judge G K Upadhyay during the hearing on interim bail plea of Chudasma, that allowing the IPS officer to meet other persons besides his wife, child and doctors, would hamper investigations, which is at a very crucial stage.

The counsel further said that CBI has proof that the IPS officer had earlier tampered with evidence and pleaded that he should not be allowed to meet anybody.

Salvi suggested that jail authorities be directed to depute a special officer to supervise Chudasma during his stay at the hospital.

During the last hearing, the court had asked prison authorities if there was any provision in the jail manual that could allow an accused to get operated upon in a hospital without getting interim bail.

The prison authorities replied that there was a provision for treatment under police custody in the jail manual which could be made applicable in this case.

The court has reserved its order on Chudasma's bail plea for tomorrow. He is one of the four IPS officers arrested in connection with the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and alleged killing of his wife Kausar Bi in 2005.