Sohrabuddin case: CBI seeks court nod for voice samples of accused

Ahmedabad: The CBI has sought permission from the special court to obtain voice samples of five accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case for comparing them with the audio-video evidence gathered by the agency.

An application in this regard was filed by the central probe agency in the CBI court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate A Y Dave on Friday.

The CBI in its application has said it wanted to collect voice samples of five accused in the fake encounter case -- suspended IPS officer Abhay Chudasama, N K Amin (who has offered to become an approver in the case) N V Chauhan and two absconding accused -- Yashpal Chudasama and Ajay Patel.

Based on the application, the court issued notices to Abhay Chudasama, Amin and Chauhan who are lodged in jail.

Further hearing on the matter will be on September 20.

The audio-video evidence with the CBI includes recording of conversation between Amin and Chauhan, where the latter was purportedly saying that he had heard prime accused D G Vanzara telling another co-accused Rjakumar Pandian over phone that instructions to liquidate Sohrabuddin's wife Kausar Bi came from former minister of state for home Amit Shah.

Another such evidence is the video recording of the meeting between absconding accused Yashpal Chudasama and Ajay Patel with two witnesses in the case -- builders Raman Patel and his brother Dashrat Patel -- at the city-based Rifle Club.

In this audio-video footage, the accused have been allegedly caught trying to influence the witnesses and directing them on how they should depose before the CBI.