Sohrab case: Court defers transfer of case

Ahmedabad: A special CBI magisterial court today deferred the transfer of 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case to trial court following a request made by the central agency to the effect.

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate A Y Dave, passed the order after CBI filed an application before him requesting the court not to commit the fake encounter case to trial court.

The accused in the case include former Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah, suspended IPS officers D G Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandiyan, Dinesh M N and Abhay Chudasama and others.

In its application, CBI stated that it wanted the trial in the case to be conducted outside Gujarat and a petition in this regard was pending with the Apex Court.

Besides, one more appeal against the anticipatory bail granted to two accused Ajay Patel and Yashpal Chudasama was pending with the Supreme Court.

Until these two applications are cleared by the SC, the case should not be transfered to trial court, CBI prayed in its application.

The Court taking on record CBI's request, deferred the transfer of case to trial court till the Central agency's pen ding applications were decided upon by the SC.